2005 National League Division Series

The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

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The Cardinals and Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Astros became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series.

2005 National League Division Series
NL Division Series 2005 Logo
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (3) Tony La Russa 100–62, .617, GA: 11
San Diego Padres (0) Bruce Bochy 82–80, .506, GA: 5
DatesOctober 4 – 8
TelevisionESPN (Games 1, 3)
ESPN2 (Game 2)
TV announcersJon Miller, Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Dave O'Brien, Steve Phillips, Eric Karros (Game 2)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersGary Cohen, Luis Gonzalez
UmpiresEd Montague, Bill Hohn, Bruce Dreckman, Jerry Layne, Angel Hernandez, Tim Timmons
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Houston Astros (3) Phil Garner 89–73, .549, GB: 11
Atlanta Braves (1) Bobby Cox 90–72, .556, GA: 2
DatesOctober 5 – 9
TelevisionESPN (Games 1, 4)
Fox (Games 2–3)
TV announcersDave O'Brien, Steve Phillips, Eric Karros (Game 1)
Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons (Game 2)
Josh Lewin, Steve Lyons (Game 3)
Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe (Game 4)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJim Durham, John Franco
UmpiresJoe Brinkman, Marvin Hudson, Jeff Nelson, Gary Cederstrom, Eric Cooper, Sam Holbrook

Matchups

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres

St. Louis won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 4 San Diego Padres – 5, St. Louis Cardinals – 8 Busch Stadium (II) 2:57 52,349[2] 
2 October 6 San Diego Padres – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 Busch Stadium (II) 2:54 52,599[3] 
3 October 8 St. Louis Cardinals – 7, San Diego Padres – 4 PETCO Park 3:07 45,093[4]

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros

Houston won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Houston Astros – 10, Atlanta Braves – 5 Turner Field 3:11 40,590[5] 
2 October 6 Houston Astros – 1, Atlanta Braves – 7 Turner Field 2:52 46,181[6] 
3 October 8 Atlanta Braves – 3, Houston Astros – 7 Minute Maid Park 2:50 43,759[7] 
4 October 9 Atlanta Braves – 6, Houston Astros – 7 (18 innings) Minute Maid Park 5:50 43,413[8]

St. Louis vs. San Diego

Game 1, October 4

Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 13 1
St. Louis 1 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 X 8 10 1
WP: Chris Carpenter (1–0)   LP: Jake Peavy (0–1)
Home runs:
SD: Eric Young (1)
STL: Jim Edmonds (1), Reggie Sanders (1)

It was a matchup between Jake Peavy and eventual 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter. In the bottom of the first, Jim Edmonds's one-out solo home run put the Cardinals up 1–0. Then in the bottom of the third, Peavy's control slipped away as a bases-loaded wild pitch and a two-run single by Reggie Sanders gave the Cards a 4–0 lead. However, Sanders would provide more offense with a grand slam in the fifth. That would make the score 8–0 and give Sanders six RBIs in the game. The Padres would not go quietly, though. They would scratch out a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Khalil Greene off Brad Thompson after a leadoff double and single, then one more on a home run by Eric Young in the eighth off Randy Flores. After the Padres put runners on the corners in the ninth off Cal Eldred, Jason Isringhausen came on to close the deal. Yet, after Young's groundout scored a run, four consecutive hits with two outs, two of which by Mark Loretta and Brian Giles, made the score 8–5 and loaded the bases with the go-ahead run at the plate. Ramón Hernández did not deliver as he struck out to end the game.

Game 2, October 6

Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 10 1
St. Louis 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 X 6 6 0
WP: Mark Mulder (1–0)   LP: Pedro Astacio (0–1)

Pedro Astacio faced Mark Mulder in Game 2. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when a walk to Abraham Nunez and an error by Khalil Greene on Yadier Molina's ground ball put two on with no out. After a sacrifice bunt, David Eckstein's fielder's choice scored a run, then a walk loaded the bases before Albert Pujols walked to score another. After a leadoff single and double, a fielder's choice by Molina and squeeze play by Eckstein made it 4–0 Cardinals in the fourth. In the top of the seventh, after being shutout for six innings, a double and two singles, the second of which by Xavier Nady scoring a run, made it 4–1 and put the tying run at the plate. However, a double play killed the rally and the Padres would only get one. Reggie Sanders got two more RBIs with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning off Rudy Seanez. A bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Nady by Julian Tavarez made it 6–2 in the eighth, but Randy Flores struck out Mark Sweeney to end the threat while Jason Isringhausen retired the Padres in order in the ninth to give the Cardinals a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3, October 8

PETCO Park in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 13 1
San Diego 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 4 9 0
WP: Matt Morris (1–0)   LP: Woody Williams (0–1)   Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)
Home runs:
STL: David Eckstein (1)
SD: Dave Roberts (1), Ramón Hernández (1)

This was the first postseason game in PETCO Park history, which had opened the previous year. Matt Morris faced former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams. Albert Pujols drove in David Eckstein with an RBI double in the top of the first after Eckstein singled to lead off. Then Eckstein hit a two-run home run in the second to make it 3–0. The Cards did stop there, loaded the bases double, walk and hit-by-pitch before Reggie Sanders collected two more RBIs on a two-run double to make it 5–0 later. That would bring Sanders' RBI total to ten for the series. Then Yadier Molina's two-run single off Clay Hensley in the top of the fifth made it 7–0 Cardinals. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Randa doubled before RBI singles by Eric Young and Mark Loretta made it 7–2 Cardinals. Then home runs by Dave Roberts's in the seventh off Brad Thompson and Ramón Hernández in the eighth off Julian Tavarez made it 7–4 Cardinals, but Jason Isringhausen came on to slam the door on the Padres in the ninth despite allowing a single and walk with Ryan Klesko's groundout ending the series.

Composite box

2005 NLDS (3–0): St. Louis Cardinals over San Diego Padres

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 2 4 5 2 6 0 2 0 0 21 29 2
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 3 11 32 2
Total attendance: 150,041   Average attendance: 50,014

Atlanta vs. Houston

Game 1, October 5

Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 0 10 11 1
Atlanta 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 9 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Tim Hudson (0–1)
Home runs:
HOU: None
ATL: Chipper Jones (1), Andruw Jones (1)

Andy Pettitte faced Tim Hudson in Game 1. Hudson struggled in his half of the first, giving up one run (on Morgan Ensberg's RBI single) on a walk and two hits, but got out of the inning with a crucial double play. Pettitte allowed a home run to Chipper Jones to tie the game, but otherwise cruised. The game remained 1–1 until the third when a bases-loaded (on a double and two walks) two-run single by Ensberg made it 3–1 Astros. A hit-by-pitch loaded the bases again, but Hudson got Adam Everett to ground out to end the inning. Next inning, Brad Ausmus hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Craig Biggio's sacrifice fly to make it 4–1 Astros. In the Braves' fourth, Andruw Jones hit a two-run home run to make it a one-run game. A walk and a bunt single put the tying run in scoring position later in the inning, but Brian Jordan grounded into a double play to end the rally. Pettitte would help his own cause in the seventh with the game still at 4–3, doubling and scoring on an RBI hit by Ensberg. It was now 5–3 and Hudson was finished. In the eighth, with Chris Reitsma pitching, the Astros opened the floodgates with a five-run rally, loading the bases on two singles and a walk before Jeff Bagwell's RBI single made it 6–3 Astros. John Foster in relief struck out Lance Berkman, but walked Ensberg to force in a run before a wild pitch scored another. After Jason Lane was intentionally walked to reload the bases, Orlando Palmeiro capped the inning's scoring with a two-run single that made it 10–3 Astros. The Braves scored two runs on Jones's RBI double in the eighth with two on off Dan Wheeler and the ninth on Johnny Estrada's RBI single after a leadoff triple off Russ Springer, but Mike Gallo got Rafael Furcal to hit into the game-ending double play as the Astros won Game 1 10–5.

Game 2, October 6

Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
Atlanta 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 X 7 11 0
WP: John Smoltz (1–0)   LP: Roger Clemens (0–1)
Home runs:
HOU: None
ATL: Brian McCann (1)

Roger Clemens faced John Smoltz in Game 2. Smoltz ran into trouble when he allowed two consecutive singles with one out. After a forceout, Jason Lane singled in Lance Berkman to make it 1–0 Astros. He intentionally loaded the bases, but got out of the inning with no more damage done. Then the Braves struck back against Clemens. With two outs and two men on, Brian McCann came up in his first ever postseason at-bat. He then slammed a three-run home run to right field, becoming the first Brave ever to homer in his first postseason at-bat. That sparked the Braves as they would go on to score two more in the third on a two-run double by Adam LaRoche. Smoltz pitched masterfully and the Braves added to their lead in the seventh on RBI singles by Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur off Chad Qualls. The Braves' victory in Game 2 was their last postseason win until 2010.

Game 3, October 8

Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
Houston 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 X 7 12 1
WP: Roy Oswalt (1–0)   LP: Jorge Sosa (0–1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
HOU: Mike Lamb (1)

Jorge Sosa faced Roy Oswalt in Game 3. Sosa fell behind early, allowing a double and hit-by-pitch before Morgan Ensberg's double and Jason Lane's sacrifice fly gave the Astros two runs in the first. The Braves tied the game in the next inning with back-to-back two out RBI singles by Brian McCann and Sosa. However, Mike Lamb hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the third. The two pitchers dueled until the bottom of the seventh when Chris Reitsma once again came into a close game. Reitsma allowed a double and single and the Braves' bullpen could do little to stop the Astros' rally. Lance Berkman hit an RBI single off John Foster, then Joey Devine allowed an RBI double to Ensberg and RBI single to Lane. Adam Everett's sacrifice fly off Jim Brower capped the inning's scoring. The Braves got a run in the eighth thanks to an RBI double by Andruw Jones off Dan Wheeler after Marcus Giles singled to lead off against Roy Oswalt, but no more. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth as the Astros won Game 3 7–3.

Game 4, October 9

Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 13 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 10 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1–1)   LP: Joey Devine (0–1)
Home runs:
ATL: Adam LaRoche (1), Brian McCann (2)
HOU: Lance Berkman (1), Brad Ausmus (1), Chris Burke (1)

The final game of the series lasted eighteen innings and set records as the longest game in the history of Major League Baseball's postseason, both in terms of time and number of innings. This was two innings longer than another Astros playoff game, Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, which went 16 innings, with the New York Mets prevailing 7–6. This record was broken (by 2/3 of an inning) by Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 2–1. Coincidentally enough, Tim Hudson started both the 2005 and 2014 games, in the former as a Brave and the latter as a Giant. Additionally, Adam LaRoche was on the losing team in both games.

In the third, the Braves loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch off Brandon Backe when Adam LaRoche's grand slam put them up 4–0. In the fifth, Andruw Jones's sacrifice fly with runners on second and third made it 5–0 and knocked Backe out of the game. In the bottom of the inning, the Astros loaded the bases on three singles but only scored once on Orlando Palmeiro's sacrifice fly. Brian McCann's home run in the eighth off Wandy Rodriguez made it 6–1 Braves, but in the bottom of the inning, a grand slam by Lance Berkman off Kyle Farnsworth (two runs charged to Hudson) and a home run by Brad Ausmus in the ninth off Farnsworth (with the Astros down to their last out) sent the game to extra innings. The second half of the game included three innings of relief by Roger Clemens, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the fifteenth inning and pitching in relief for only the second time in his career (and appearing this time only because the Astros were out of pitchers). Chris Burke hit the game-ending home run in the bottom of the eighteenth off Atlanta rookie Joey Devine, giving Houston the series victory and sending them to the NLCS to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

In addition to being at the time the longest postseason game in MLB history, it was also the only postseason game to include two grand slams, Lance Berkman's and Adam LaRoche's. Some commentators have pointed to this game as the greatest game in Houston Astros history, and one of the best games in the history of MLB playoffs.[9][10][11]

Even more remarkable than the game's length, perhaps, is the fact that the fan who caught Chris Burke's walk-off homer in the eighteenth was the same fan who had caught Lance Berkman's grand slam in the eighth (Section 102, Row 2, Seat 15); the fan later donated both balls to the Baseball Hall of Fame.[12]

Composite box

2005 NLDS (3–1): Houston Astros over Atlanta Braves

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Houston Astros 4 0 3 1 1 0 5 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 41 4
Atlanta Braves 1 5 6 2 1 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 41 0
Total attendance: 173,943   Average attendance: 43,486

Series quotes

Swing and a drive to left field... way back... this one is GOOOONE!... The Astros win it... It's Chris Burke with a late-inning walk-off home run to give Roger Clemens the win and send the Astros to their second straight NLCS in eighteen innings.. Houston pulls it out to go back to the League Championship for the second straight year!

— Dave O'Brien calling Chris Burke series winning home run in the eighteenth inning to win for Houston.

And the pitch. Swinging...lining it to left and IT'S GOOONNNEE, IT'S GOOONNNEE, IT'S GOOONNNEE!!! CHRIS BURKE!!! HOLY TOLEDO, WHAT A WAY TO FINISH!

— Astros radio announcer (and former Atlanta Brave) Milo Hamilton calling Chris Burke's eighteenth-inning, walk-off home run to win the series.

Notes

  1. ^ The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was determined by playing record. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Cardinals played the Padres, rather than the wild card Astros, because the Cardinals and Astros are in the same division.
  2. ^ "2005 NLDS - San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "2005 NLDS - San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "2005 NLDS - St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "2005 NLDS - Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "2005 NLDS - Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "2005 NLDS - Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "2005 NLDS - Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "#1 Online Sports Handicapping Service - Oddsboard Sports Picks". www.oddsboard.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
  10. ^ "The Baseball Analysts: The Greatest Game Ever Played". baseballanalysts.com.
  11. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Baseball Perspectives". mlb.com.
  12. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article_perspectives.jsp?ymd=20051014&content_id=1249993&vkey=perspectives&fext=.jsp

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Brad Ausmus

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A 1987 draft pick of the New York Yankees, he chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball. He then had an 18-year major league playing career with the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. During his playing days he was an All Star in 1999, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2001, '02, and '06), and won the 2007 Darryl Kile Award "for integrity and courage".A five-time league-leader at catcher in fielding percentage, he also led the league twice each in range factor and in percentage caught stealing, and once each in putouts and assists.He finished his playing career in 2010 ranked third in major league history with 12,839 putouts as a catcher (trailing only Iván Rodríguez and Jason Kendall), seventh in games caught with 1,938, and 10th in both range factor/game (7.12) and fielding percentage (.994). He also ranked first all-time among all Jewish major leaguers in career games played (1,971), fifth in hits (1,579), and eighth in runs batted in (607; directly behind Mike Lieberthal). He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He worked in the Padres' front office as a special assistant from 2010 to 2013. In November 2013, Ausmus became the 38th manager in the history of the Detroit Tigers, succeeding Jim Leyland, a position that he held for four years. In October 2018, he was named the 17th manager in the history of the Los Angeles Angels.

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Jason Lane

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On June 10, 2006, as a member of the Royals, Reggie hit his 300th home run. This made him the fifth member of Major League Baseball's 300-300 club, as he had stolen the 300th base of his career on May 1, and had gotten his 302nd career stolen base just a day earlier. He became the first player in history to join the club at his home stadium. Steve Finley of the San Francisco Giants joined the 300-300 club as its sixth member on June 14, four days after Sanders achieved the feat. Sanders hit 20 or more home runs in one season for five different National League teams. He hit at least 10 home runs in a season for every major league team he played for (seven in all).Sanders missed the majority of the 2007 season due to an injury and became a free agent after the season.

Roger Clemens

William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, more than any other pitcher in history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and hard-throwing pitching style, which he used to intimidate batters.

Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years. In 1986, he won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the All-Star Game MVP Award, and he struck out an MLB-record 20 batters in a single game (Clemens repeated the 20-strikeout feat 10 years later). After the 1996 season, Clemens left Boston via free agency and joined the Toronto Blue Jays. In each of his two seasons with Toronto, Clemens won a Cy Young Award, as well as the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Prior to the 1999 season, Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees where he won his two World Series titles. In 2003, he reached his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same game. Clemens left for the Houston Astros in 2004, where he spent three seasons and won his seventh Cy Young Award. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 for one last season before retiring. He is the only pitcher in major league history to record over 350 wins and strike out over 4,500 batters.

Clemens was alleged by the Mitchell Report to have used anabolic steroids during his late career, mainly based on testimony given by his former trainer, Brian McNamee. Clemens firmly denied these allegations under oath before the United States Congress, leading congressional leaders to refer his case to the Justice Department on suspicions of perjury. On August 19, 2010, a federal grand jury at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., indicted Clemens on six felony counts involving perjury, false statements and Contempt of Congress. Clemens pleaded not guilty, but proceedings were complicated by prosecutorial misconduct, leading to a mistrial. The verdict from his second trial came in June 2012, when Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress.

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