St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Live Blog: Play-by-Play Analysis, Reaction
Welcome to the final three days of the major league baseball season!
Two teams are in the midst of potentially epic collapses, and I'll be here with you all night beginning at 7:00 pm, following the dramatic action as it unfolds.
Who do you think will come out on top for these division races? Who do you like for the World Series? What's your favorite memory of the 2011 season? What's your favorite episode of The Office?
Comment below and keep me company for the next four hours!
What a fantastic night of baseball!
The Cardinals were unable to capitalize on the Braves loss, but they have two more tries at them.
Their next game is tomorrow night at 8:05 with Jake Westbrook facing off against Henry Sosa.
The Braves will be facing a struggling Roy Oswalt tomorrow night, so we could very well have a reverse of tonight's results with both teams winning, instead of both teams losing.
Thanks to everyone who participated tonight. This was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again soon!
@Joe - I know! I really thought the Cardinals were going to pull it out. They missed their chance in the 8th. They had to bring across one more in the 8th and they just didn't get it done.
Luckily, the Braves lost too so the Cardinals just have to do it again tomorrow!
The Astros win it on a suicide squeeze back to the pitcher. Dotel wasn't able to field the ball and the Astros win the game 5-4.
That large wind you just felt was the entire state of Georgia letting out a huge sigh of relief.
Bogusevic leads off with a double and the Astros are threatening to crush the Cardinals dream of tying the Braves tonight.
Oh no! Larussa's aggressive mindset finally bites him as The Riot is thrown out trying to steal second. Heading to the bottom of the 10th!
Yadier giveth, and Yadier taketh away. Molina took off running on a groundball to the pitcher and was easily thrown out at third. That's a rare key mistake for Molina.
John Jay up with one on and 2 out.
Yadier with a double! That ball just kept drifting and drifting and drifting. Wow.
Cardinals are in business. It's up to The Riot to give the Cardinals the lead.
My least favorite Cardinal, Yadier Molina is at the plate. I hate this guy.
Even the trailer of Dream House scares me. I'm looking forward to seeing that one. Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts always pick great movies.
Headed to the 10th! Chambers due up first after replacing Berkman as a pinch runner earlier in the game.
Pujols and Holliday were unable to capitalize and we're headed to the bottom of he 9th in Houston! St. Louis is playing for a chance to tie the wild card race!
This is the situation you dream about as a Cardinals fan. Pujols up in the 9th with a chance to take the lead.
Salas looked dominant in the 8th. We're headed to ninth tied at 4.
Any Cardinals fans out there? Nervous?
Headed to the bottom of the 8th after a dramatic head first dive into first base wasn't enough to keep the inning alive.
Lots of energy from this Cardinals team. They just have a presence about them; they will not lose.
Another present for my Cardinals friends.
Berkman ties it.
Perfect bunt by The Riot sets up runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out for the Cardinals here in the 8th.
John Jay at the plate.
Can you believe it??? Lance Berkman with a 2 run double to tie the game at 4-4 in the 8th.
Just before the hit Larussa showed why he is such a great manager and orchestrated a double steal to put both runners in scoring position.
That's why the Cardinals are the Cardinals and the Astros are the Astros.
Walk for Holliday on a 3-2 count and Berkman is coming up with 2 on and nobody out.
We have a tie for the wild card in the American League after Boston fell to the Orioles and the Rays got a big win over the Yankees.
It's the most wonderful time.....
Love the "Let's Go Cardinals" chant going on in Houston right now.
That's a dedicated fan base.
Base hit for Pujols and the Cardinals are threatening again here in the 8th!
Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman coming to the plate in the top of the 8th. This could be the Cardinals last chance to capitalize on the Braves inability to get it done tonight.
A little present for the Cardinals fans.
The final out!
Go crazy Cardinals fans! Phillies win and the Cardinals are just 1/2 game back of the wild card!!!
Braves are down to their last out after back to back strikeouts.
It's all on Jason Heyward to extend the inning or tie it with a blast.
John Jay with a hit! Sometimes you can just feel a rally coming. The Cardinals are about to make it happen. I can feel it.
The Riot gets it started in the 7th! Watch out Atlanta. Here they come.
Simultaneously, Ibanez just misplayed a flyball to left and the Braves have at 2nd with nobody out.
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