Berkman Delivering in Postseason
Rice alumni, former Astro continues postseason success.
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So, Lance Berkman is done, washed up, too old! Well apparently “The Big Puma” still has it and has it at the right times.
Berkman was clutch last night in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series delivering the game tying hit in the bottom of the 10th with a sharp single to center field.
David “Deep” Freese would win it for the Cardinals when he hammered an 11th- inning leadoff, walk-off home run to force a Game 7 against Texas on Friday.
However, Houston’s own had a huge role in the stunning win.
Batting cleanup, Berkman went 3-for-5, highlighted by a two-run homer to deep left-center field to put St. Louis up 2-1 in the bottom of the first. In six plate appearances Berkman would reach base on all but one by adding another single, a walk, and reaching base on an error. On the night he led the Cardinals with four runs scored and his three hits were also tops on the club. His three RBI’s were matched by Freese.
For the series Lance is batting .435 with seven runs, ten hits and five RBI’s.
Postseason success has followed Berkman throughout his career. In 51 postseason games he is batting .317, with 41 RBI’s. He has delivered 58 hits, nine coming via the long ball.
In Berkman’s time in Houston, he fared just as well in 29 postseason contests.
For the NLDS series win over Atlanta in 2004 he hit .409. Against St. Louis in the 2004 NLCS he walloped three home runs to help Houston extend the series to seven games.
The following year Berkman once again would be a key factor in the Astros playoff run with a .357 batting average in the NLDS. Trailing Atlanta 6-1 in the bottom of the eight, Berkman drilled a line drive grand slam off Kyle Farnsworth that would eventually result in an 18-inning historical NLDS clinching victory for Houston.
For the second consecutive postseason Houston would face off against the Cardinals in the NLCS. Berkman batted .286 in the 2005 series win that advanced the Astros to their first ever World Series appearance. While the Astros could not secure their first World Series victory, Berkman managed a .385 batting average.
It doesn’t seem like “The Big Puma” is done just yet! Tonight could be the night the 2011 National League comeback player of the year adds to his postseason accomplishments by adding a World Series ring.
Tune in tonight!!