All Night Long
Houston we have a ….. By now you’re probably aware of the history the Astros are up against. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a world series. Of the 22 series that went 3-0, 19 of them finished with a sweep, the other three went 5 games. This is the tightest most lopsided series I can remember. While the Sox have a commanding lead, the Astros could easily be winning this series. Well, easily probably isn’t the right word, because nothing is easy for this club.When Chris Burke stole third base in the ninth,I actually told my wife " game over." But the Astros failed to get him home. Situational hitting, or lack thereof has been a big problem for this club all year.A tough call for Phil Garner after the Biggio walk. I’m sure he considered a squeeze with Taveras hitting next, and I imagine he contemplated pinch hitting with Palmeiro or Vizcaino.Both are more reliable when it comes to putting the ball in play, but Taveras is having a solid series and letting him hit is certainly a defensible move. An attempted squeeze or pinch -hitting would also have been justifiable plays. That’s the thing with baseball. There is very little black and white and a whole lot of gray.Speaking of gray, this whole city is going to be a lot more gray on top after this post-season.
The White Sox have now gotten game winning HRs from two guys who combined to hit one for them during the regular season. Blum had 6 on the season but only one for the Sox after joining them at the trade deadline. Scott Podsednick did not hit any during the season.Further adding to the improbability factor, Geoff Blum hadn’t had an at bat in three weeks.To quote Tim Mcarver from game two " How does this stuff happen?" Adding to the frustration for Astro fans,it is nearly impossible to villainize,Geoff Blum. He’s the type of guy you tend to root for and was a very popular member of the club while in an Astro uniform.
Brandon Backe gets the ball for game four and maybe the Astros can make an historic comeback. The Fat Lady isn’t singing yet, but she’s definitely taken the stage.