We have one thing to play for…
Tight pitching matchup most of the way between Roger Clemens and Chuck James, who is young enough to be Clemens’ son if his first name were spelled “Khuck”. (“Kcuhc”?) The Astros got a couple of first-inning walks but couldn’t get a hit. The Braves didn’t really threaten until they got their first two on in the fifth, but then couldn’t do anything. Finally in the sixth, Orr (second baseman of the day) hit a leadoff chopper for a single, and Renteria’s hit-and-run went off an infielder’s glove for first and third. Then Chipper hit a slow chopper to first, and Berkman was so intent on coming home he forgot to catch the ball. Andruw singled in Renteria to make it 2-0.
The Astros got a one-out homer from Biggio, followed by an infield single, but that runner was stranded. Kali got one man in the eighth, then McBride struck out two with a creamy base on balls filling. In the home eighth, Renteria and Chipper hit back-to-back homers for breathing room. With two out, Wickman allowed back-to-back singles but ended it with a strikeout.
James, after those two first-inning walks, didn’t walk anyone else, allowed just four more hits, and struck out eight. Pretty good work.