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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

St. Louis 6, Houston 4
Big River 3, Southern Comfort 3

They'll be talking about Phil Garner's call to save Roger Clemens for Game 7 and Roy Oswalt for a possible World Series Game 1 for a while, and not necessarily in a good way. It's a gambit that might have paid off, but the problem is that the game went into extra innings and had the 'Stros to use stud closer Brad Lidge for three innings.

And after those innings Jim Edmonds hit a walk-off 2-run homer off Dan Miceli.

Garner was hoping to have Roger get the Astros into the 7th with a lead that he would then turn over to Lidge and only Lidge, since, well, the rest of the Houston pen isn't very good. But now that plan looks bad; there's no Plan B if Roger struggles, and the extra innings made the Lidge aspect of the strategy problematic.

Roy Oswalt is rested enough for an emergency appearance, which has to be what Sox fans are pulling for.

That Cardinal lineup sure looks intimidating, especially at home, especially when the home team has won every game of this series.

Both Yankees and Red Sox fans had to be pleased by this evening's early game.


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