Chicago Holds Serve

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So far the Series has not lacked drama. Game 2 saw Houston take the field in the 7th with a 2-run lead, seemingly prepared to ride Pettitte and their bullpen to a victory. Paul Konerko hit a granny to give Chicago the lead, but even that wouldn't be enough. Houston tied it again with a ninth inning rally. Scott Posednik halted the madness with his walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth, as Houston closer Brad Lidge posted another diappointing post-season outing.

That's what this series has been about so far. Not just who has the arms, but who has the bats to test those arms. Coming in, conventional wisdom held that the two teams had evenly matched starters, but the distinct edge went to Houston in the bullpen. What we failed to account for was Chicago's hitting advantage. Houston may have the better bully on paper, but they also more likely to need it as their bats are less productive. Case in point: last night Berkman (and then Burke) and Taveras stood in scoring position and watched three Houston hitters fail to so much as put the ball in play.

Tonight the bats came through, but Houston's bullpen failed to hold the lead. If that continues, Houston has no chance. So, as the action shifts to Houston, the heat's on Oswalt.


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