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2004 National League Championship Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Tony La Russa 105–57, .648, GA: 13
Houston Astros (3) Phil Garner 92–70, .568, GB: 13
Dates: October 13–October 21
MVP: Albert Pujols (St. Louis)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons, Bob Brenly
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Dan Shulman, Dave Campbell
Umpires: Tim Welke, Eric Cooper, Gary Darling, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez, Ed Rapuano
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals over Los Angeles Dodgers (3–1)
  Houston Astros over Atlanta Braves (3–2)
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2004 World Series

The 2004 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 13 to 21 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild-card qualifying Houston Astros. This marked the first time in either Major League that two teams from the Central Division met in a Championship Series.

In a series in which all seven games were won by the home team, the Cardinals won 4–3 to advance to the World Series against the American League champion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox reached their first World Series since 1986, with the Cardinals playing in their first since 1987. While the NLCS was an exciting back-and-forth series, it was overshadowed in media attention by Boston's comeback in the ALCS.

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Summary

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros

St. Louis wins the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 13 Houston Astros – 7, St. Louis Cardinals – 10 Busch Stadium (II) 3:15 52,323[1]
2 October 14 Houston Astros – 4, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 Busch Stadium (II) 3:02 52,347[2] 
3 October 16 St. Louis Cardinals – 2, Houston Astros – 5 Minute Maid Park 2:57 42,896[3] 
4 October 17 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Houston Astros – 6 Minute Maid Park 3:01 42,760[4] 
5 October 18 St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Houston Astros – 3 Minute Maid Park 2:33 43,045[5] 
6 October 20 Houston Astros – 4, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 (12 innings) Busch Stadium (II) 3:54 52,144[6] 
7 October 21 Houston Astros – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 5 Busch Stadium (II) 2:51 52,140[7]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 7 10 1
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 X 10 12 0

WP: Woody Williams (1–0)  LP: Chad Qualls (0–1)  SV: Jason Isringhausen (1)  
HRs:  HOU – Carlos Beltrán (1), Jeff Kent (1), Lance Berkman (1), Mike Lamb (1)  STL – Albert Pujols (1)

In the series opener at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, the Cardinals break open a 4–4 game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and hold on for a 10–7 win over the Astros.

Game 2

Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 10 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 X 6 9 0

WP: Julián Tavárez (1–0)  LP: Dan Miceli (0–1)  SV: Jason Isringhausen (2)  
HRs:  HOU – Carlos Beltrán (2), Morgan Ensberg (1)  STL – Larry Walker (1), Scott Rolen 2 (2), Albert Pujols (2)

The Cardinals beat the Astros 6–4 and take a 2–0 lead in the series. The Cardinals break a 4–4 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with back-to-back home runs from Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen; Rolen also hit a game-tying homer in the fifth inning.

Game 3

Saturday, October 16, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Houston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 X 5 8 0

WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)  LP: Jeff Suppan (0–1)  SV: Brad Lidge (1)  
HRs:  STL – Larry Walker (2), Jim Edmonds (1)  HOU – Jeff Kent (2), Carlos Beltrán (3), Lance Berkman (2)

In the first game of the series played in Houston's Minute Maid Park, the Astros defeat the Cardinals 5–2 behind home runs by Jeff Kent, Carlos Beltrán, and Lance Berkman. Roger Clemens pitches seven innings for the win, which leaves the Astros trailing 2–1 in the series.

Game 4

Sunday, October 17, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Houston 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 X 6 9 0

WP: Dan Wheeler (1–0)  LP: Julián Tavárez (1–1)  SV: Brad Lidge (2)  
HRs:  STL – Albert Pujols (3)  HOU – Lance Berkman (3), Carlos Beltrán (4)

The Astros even the series with the Cardinals at two games apiece with a 6–5 win. Carlos Beltrán supplies the winning margin with a solo home run in the seventh inning. Beltrán ties records for the most home runs in a single postseason (8) and most consecutive postseason games with a home run (5).

Game 5

Monday, October 18, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0

WP: Brad Lidge (1–0)  LP: Jason Isringhausen (0–1)  
HRs:  HOU – Jeff Kent (3)

The Astros defeat the Cardinals 3–0. Jeff Kent drives in the winning runs with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Astros starter Brandon Backe takes a perfect game into the fifth inning, when he walked Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, and allows only one hit (a single to second baseman Tony Womack) in eight innings. Houston leads the best-of-seven series 3–2.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Houston 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 10 0
St. Louis 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 15 0

WP: Julián Tavárez (2–1)  LP: Dan Miceli (0–2)  
HRs:  HOU – Mike Lamb (2)  STL – Albert Pujols (4), Jim Edmonds (2)

Returning to St. Louis, Matt Morris starts Game 6 for the Cardinals, as does Pete Munro for the Astros. The scoring begins with Carlos Beltrán coming home in the top of the first off of a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals respond in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer by the red-hot Albert Pujols. In the third, Jeff Bagwell hits a double for Astros, bringing Carlos Beltrán back home and putting another one for the Astros. Again, the Cardinals respond when Edgar Rentería hits a single scoring Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen.

In the top of the ninth inning, two outs from losing, Bagwell hits a miracle single, scoring the tying run in Morgan Ensberg. The game goes into extra innings, but the Astros' good fortune turned sour when Jim Edmonds, who hit 42 home runs in the regular season, hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the twelfth, sending the series to a Game 7 showdown.

Game 7

Thursday, October 21, 2004 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 X 5 9 1

WP: Jeff Suppan (1–1)  LP: Roger Clemens (1–1)  SV: Jason Isringhausen (3)  
HRs:  HOU – Craig Biggio (1)  STL – Scott Rolen (3)

The final, deciding Game 7 started off with Astros' leadoff man Craig Biggio smacking a home run in the game's first at-bat off Cardinals' starter Jeff Suppan to make it 1–0. The Astros' threat continued in the second by putting two men on, but thanks to a tremendous catch by Jim Edmonds the Cardinals were able to get out of the inning unscathed. In the third, however, the Astros made it 2–0 with Carlos Beltrán scoring on a passed ball from Edmonds to third baseman Scott Rolen. The Cardinals were able to battle back, scoring Tony Womack on a squeeze play, cutting the lead to 2–1. Then in the sixth Albert Pujols doubled to tie the game and Scott Rolen put the Redbirds ahead with a two-run home run off Roger Clemens. St. Louis added another insurance run and Jason Isringhausen shut down Houston in the ninth to win the Cardinals their first National League pennant in seventeen years.

Composite box

2004 NLCS (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals over Houston Astros

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 8 1 4 1 6 9 0 3 0 0 0 2 34 60 1
Houston Astros 9 0 4 4 1 2 2 4 5 0 0 0 31 53 2
Total attendance: 337,655   Average attendance: 48,236

Series quotes

On the ground to second, and for the first time since 1987, the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series!
Thom Brennaman of FOX Sports calling the final out a ground ball from Tony Womack to series MVP Albert Pujols
In the air, deep left-center field, Edmonds on the run DIVES AND HEEEE GOT IT!! Throw into second base they can't double up Kent, what a play by Jim Edmonds!
Thom Brennaman of FOX Sports calling Jim Edmonds' diving catch in the second inning.
Bagwell hammers the first pitch it will fall in a base hit! Racing home is Ensberg and Bagwell delivers, a 4–4 game in the ninth inning!!
Thom Brennaman of FOX Sports calling Jeff Bagwell's game-tying base hit in Game 6.
Edmonds hit 42 home runs during the regular season... and WE ARE GOING TO GAME 7 OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES!!
Brennaman's call on Jim Edmonds walkoff Home run in Game 6.
You know I think it's a safe thing to do with Kent at the plate, he rarely hits the ball to the right side. Kent waits...IN THE AIR..WE GO TO ST. LOUIS WITH HOUSTON IN FRONT THREE GAMES TO TWO!!
Bob Brenly and Thom Brennaman on Jeff Kent's walk-off home run in Game 5
Kent is 0-for-3 tonight, 3-for-17 in the series. Two of his three hits in the series have been homers. Lets see if he can step on the clutch here. Two on, one out, bottom of the ninth. Isringhausen delivers...... DRIVING IT...WAY BACK INTO LEFT FIELD....ITS UP.....ITS OVER....ITS GONE ITS GONE!!!!!! BIG HOME RUN BY KENT!!!!!! HOLY TOLEDO WHAT A HIT!!!!!!
Lined into short left-center field BELTRAN MAKES AN AMAZING PLAY!!!
Thom Brennaman of FOX Sports calling Carlos Beltrán's diving play to end the top of the seventh inning.
Oh my goodness...yea I believe. There's bedlem at home plate for the Astros as they bombard Jeff Kent. It couldn't get any better than this...Or could it?
Alan Ashby on Jeff Kent's walk-off home run in Game 5
In the past, Edmonds has proven that he has a flair for the dramatic. We're in the twelfth inning. SWING AND A LONG ONE! WE GO TO GAME SEVEN...A GAME WINNING HOME RUN! ...A flair for the dramatic!
Wayne Hagin on Edmonds' Game 6 home run.
Izzy gets the sign. He checks, he kicks, he pitches. Swing and a ground ball to the second baseman. Womack has it, he throws...WE'RE GOING TO BOSTON, FOLKS! WE'RE GOING TO BOSTON! THE CARDINALS ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
Mike Shannon calls the last out of Game 7

Notes

External links

2004 Major League Baseball Postseason
2004 World Series
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
Boston Red Sox | Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees | Minnesota Twins
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series
St. Louis Cardinals | Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros | Atlanta Braves
2004 Major League Baseball season
American League | National League







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