Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Neverending Game

The Astros came back from a 6-1 deficit late in regulation, scoring the tying run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Since then both sides have gone scoreless and the game remains 6-6 in the bottom of the 17th inning. I have no idea how many guys remain on the bench ready for use, but Houston has had Roger Clemens on the mound for the last two innings. (Or was it three. No definitely far.)

Okay, they just announced that Johnny Estrada (Braves) is the last position player available for either team.

Shot of the bench shows a lot of guys with a glaze in their eyes.

Earlier in the game there were two grand slams, one for each team (of course otherwise it wouldn't be 6-6). That's a first.

They now go to the 18th inning. Clemens is still on the mound for the Astros.

I am glad I'm not trying to keep a scorecard for this game. Imagine all the ink, lines through names, etc. Not a lot of hits on either side, but some guys have had 8 at bats already. (Biggio is 0 for 7 with a walk.)

Chris Burke ends the game in the bottom of the 18th with a walk-off home run. The final score is 7-6. Clemens gets the win in relief. Three innings pitched with 1 hit and 4 Ks. Not bad for a 43 year old. (He probably saw V. Testaverde--age 41--playing for the Jets earlier.)

Astros win the series 3-1 and the Braves go home.

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