Houston Astros 2001 NLDS Photo Gallery

Houston Astros
NL Central Champions

VS. Atlanta Braves
NL East Champions


Game 1   Game 2   Game 3

Game 1 at Houston - Braves 7, Astros 4
Tuesday, October 9th

The teams line up for the National Anthem in the first post-season
game played in Enron Field

President George Bush is just one of many Houston
fans hoping for playoff success

Hopes are high when the hard-won
Championship banner is unveiled

Wade Miller, pitching in the 1st inning,
gave up two single and a sacrifice fly

Atlanta ace Greg Maddux did not
allow a run until the 5th

The Atlanta defense controls the game early. Richard Hidalgo cannot
break up a 2nd-inning double play...

.... and Craig Biggio tries to do
the same in the third inning

In center, Andruw Jones robs Moises Alou
of extra bases in the 2nd inning

Brian Jordan watches his 4th-inning
home run leave the park

In the bottom of the 4th, Berkman
reacts after striking out to Maddux

But Brad Ausmus turns the game around
with a dramatic, game-tying homer in the 5th

Greg Maddux wipes his brow after
blowing his 2-0 lead to the #8 hitter

B.J. Surhoff keeps a soft pop dropping
off the bat of Wade Miller

An error by slick-fielding Rey Sanchez
leads to an unearned Houston run in the 6th

Former First Lady Barbara
Bush takes a snapshot while
the good guys are on top

Julio Lugo makes the non-play of the game, an error that
should have been an inning-ending double play in the 8th

Chipper Jones makes Lugo pay,
homering on the first pitch
he sees from Wagner

Chipper takes a moment to watch
his game-breaking shot leave the park

Fans scramble for Chipper's home run ball

Chipper receives a hero's welcome
from his teammates at home plate

A Tale of Two Dugouts: Chipper
is all smiles in the 8th inning

while Wagner tries to
understand why Chipper's
first-ever hit against
him was a 3-run, playoff homer

and Lugo laments the fielding miscue that
will define his off-season performance

Andruw piles on in
the 9th with a homer

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was all smiles
during his post-game interview

Houston manager Larry Dierker is irate with reporters
after the second-guessing begins

Game 2 at Houston - Braves 1, Astros 0
Wednesday, October 10th

Journeyman Dave Mlicki
takes the mound for Houston

After reaching on a Lugo error, Julio Franco narrowly
avoids getting picked off by Mlicki

Atlanta starter Tom Glavine faces
Jeff Bagwell in the 1st

After walking, Bagwell promptly gets caught stealing and
is not too happy with his baserunning

Julio Lugo throws the ball away on an
infield hit by Andruw Jones in the 2nd

B.J. Surhoff advances to third on the bad throw by
Lugo. He would then score on a double play grounder.

Craig Biggio turns the 2nd-inning DP
that would score the game's only run

Paul Bako is forced out on a grounder
by Tom Glavine in the 5th

Lance Berkman reacts after
hitting into a 6th-inning DP

Despite his heroics, Marcus Giles
can't stop this hit by Hidalgo in the 7th

Marcus Giles is safe on a close play at second with an
8th-inning double that knocks Mike Jackson out of the game

During the 8th-inning pitching change, Lugo knows that his
2nd-inning error is looming larger with every passing inning

Biggio and Bagwell ponder
their worsening predicament
during the delay

Chipper takes a moment to chat
with former President Bush

Dierker takes a long, lonely walk back to the dugout in the 8th

Marcus Giles goes horizontal to rob Craig Biggio of a hit in the 8th

Biggio, for his part, can't believe it

B.J. Surhoff takes one for the team
against Billy Wagner in the 9th

John Smoltz enters in the 9th
to finish his second straight game

Berkman takes the long walk back to the dugout after
hitting into a 9th-inning double play

Lugo in the 9th

Smoltz reacts after getting
Moises Alou for the final out

Game 3 at Atlanta - Braves 6, Astros 2
Friday, October 12th

Returning home to Atlanta, the fans let the
Braves know what they wanted...

... a sweep of the Houston Astros

The Astros look upward for
help during the national anthem

The Braves sent revitalized starter
John Burkett to the mound

The Astros countered with Shane
Reynolds, who pitched the clincher
on the final day of the season

Craig Biggio has a few choice
words for the ump after
getting rung up in the 1st

Ex-Astro Paul Bako takes an early shot at picking
Jeff Bagwell off of first base

Weak-hitting Paul Bako connects
on a 2nd-inning pitch from Shane

Uh, oh. He got all of that one

Party time starts early for the Braves

Julio Franco adds a solo
shot in the 3rd

More party time for the Braves

Shane's not having his best day

And Larry Dierker is wondering
what he has to do to beat
the Braves in October

Throwing out Brian Jordan to end
the 3rd is little consolation

Andruw Jones advances to third
on a Rey Sanchez hit in the 4th

With two runners on,
Shane has to bear down

But Braves manager Bobby Cox pulls
another trick from his sleeve...

... and Andruw comes home
on the squeeze play

Burkett leaves with an ovation
after giving up a two-run homer
to Daryle Ward in the 7th

Chipper takes care of a Craig Biggio
grounder to end the 7th-inning rally

Jeff Bagwell shows his frustration
after an 8th-inning strikeout

In the bottom of the 8th,
Chipper can't exactly
relate to Bagwell

He's too busy rounding the bases

...celebrating another homer

...and hobnobbing with yet
another ex-president

Smoltz reacts to striking out
Richard Hidalgo for the
second out of the 9th

and gets Brad Ausmus to
fly out to end the game

The Atlanta dugout empties onto the field

Chipper enjoys the win

Dierker congratulates Cox

Ted Turner congratulates Cox

Turner with Greg Maddux

But there's a different atmosphere
in the Houston dugout

There's nothing to say

Nobody enjoys losing

Even when it's your first time in the playoffs
All photos courtesy the Houston Astros, Major League Baseball or the Associated Press.