Oswalt hurls masterpiece at Cardinals

Roy Oswalt was at the top of his game in silencing the Cardinals, sending the Astros to their first World Series, writes Buster Olney.

Originally Published: October 19, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

ST. LOUIS -- The fans in Busch Stadium stood and roared in the first inning at the introduction of Albert Pujols, who ascended from the status of popular All-Star ballplayer to living god here with his monstrous home run against the Astros on Monday. He strolled to the plate, flashbulbs popping.

Roy Oswalt was not among those worshiping, however. The Astros right-hander threw two fastballs and a cutter to get ahead one ball and two strikes, and then he pumped a 95-mph fastball up and in, which, ...

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