2005 National League Championship Series

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.wikipedia
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National League Championship Series

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.
The Astros are the only team to have won both an NLCS (2005) and an ALCS (2017).

2005 Houston Astros season

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.
The Astros overcame a sluggish 15–30 start to claim the wild card playoff spot, and would go on to win the National League pennant to advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

2005 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.
However, the Cardinals lost to the Astros 4 games to 2 in the NLCS.

2005 National League Division Series

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The Cardinals and Astros were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cardinals defeating the West Division champion San Diego Padres three games to none, and the Astros defeating the East Division champion Atlanta Braves three games to one.
The Cardinals and Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS).

2005 World Series

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The Astros won the series four games to two, and became the National League champions; they faced the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series, where the Astros lost to the White Sox in a sweep in four games.
For the second straight year, the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in the League Championship Series.

Busch Memorial Stadium

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The NLCS also closed with the last game ever played at St. Louis' Busch Stadium (II), which the Cardinals departed after 40 seasons.
Its final event was the sixth game of the 2005 NLCS on October 19.

Larry Walker

Clemens again allowed back-to-back leadoff singles next inning to Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds before Larry Walker's sacrifice fly tied the game.
He announced his retirement from playing baseball after Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series.

Albert Pujols

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One out later, Albert Pujols's RBI single made it 5−0 Cardinals.
In Game 5 of the NLCS against the Astros, with the Cardinals trailing by two runs and only one out from elimination in the ninth inning, Pujols hit a game-winning three-run home run against Brad Lidge that landed on the train tracks in the back of Minute Maid Park.

Chris Carpenter

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Mark Grudzielanek singled to lead off the second, moved to third on Abraham Nunez's single one out later, and scored on Chris Carpenter's sacrifice bunt.
The Cardinals defeated the Padres in the NLDS but fell to the Astros in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Brad Lidge

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Brad Lidge pitched two shutout innings for the save as the Astros' 4−1 win tied the series at 1−1 heading to Houston.
During the 2005 NLCS, Lidge gave up a 3-run home run to Albert Pujols in Game 5 in Houston which forced a Game 6 back in St. Louis, which the Astros would win to clinch their first World Series berth in franchise history.

José Vizcaíno

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Brad Ausmus's sacrifice fly in the ninth off of Jason Isringhausen made it 5−3 Cardinals before pinch hitter Jose Vizcaino grounded out to end the game as the Cardinals went up 1−0 in the series.
In the 2005 National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Vizcaíno did not fare better, again going hitless.

2015 American League Wild Card Game

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This would also be the Astros' last postseason win as a member of the NL, as they would get swept in the World Series, move to the AL in 2013, and would not win another postseason game until the 2015 American League Wild Card Game.
It was the Astros' first playoff win since Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS and their first ever victory in a winner-take-all postseason game.

Roy Oswalt

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He helped lead the Astros to their first World Series appearance in 2005, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Lance Berkman

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The Astros scored two insurance runs in the eighth off of Julian Tavarez on Chris Burke's RBI single that scored Lance Berkman from third.

Greg Gibson (umpire)

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Gibson has worked two Wild Card Games (2012, 2013), nine Division Series (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015), five National League Championship Series (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018), the 2011 World Series, and the 2008 All-Star Game.

Houston Astros

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2005 NLCS (4–2): Houston Astros over St. Louis Cardinals
The National League Championship Series featured a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.

Fox Major League Baseball

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These included Bret Boone (2003 ALCS), Al Leiter (2003 NLCS and 2004 ALCS), Brenly (2004 and 2005 NLCS), Lou Piniella (2005 and 2006 ALCS), and Luis Gonzalez (2006 NLCS).

Gerry Davis (umpire)

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He has officiated in 22 postseasons, including the World Series in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2012; the League Championship Series in 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2018; the Division Series in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015; and the Wild Card Game in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

Tim McClelland

McClelland has officiated eight League Championship Series (1988, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009), serving as crew chief in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Larry Poncino

He umpired in the 2006 American League Division Series; the National League Championship Series in 1998, 2003, and 2005, and the 1996 MLB All-Star Game.

Wally Bell

After reaching the major leagues, Bell umpired in one World Series (2006), three All-Star Games (1997, 2000, 2013), seven Division Series (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013) and four League Championship Series (2000, 2001, 2005, 2010).

Phil Garner

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This time, Houston would beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series in six games and win the pennant only to be swept by the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.

National League

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS. This would also be the Astros' last postseason win as a member of the NL, as they would get swept in the World Series, move to the AL in 2013, and would not win another postseason game until the 2015 American League Wild Card Game.

2004 National League Championship Series

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The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.