Cougars Look to Own October During MLB Postseason Play
Sept. 30, 2013
HOUSTON – The Houston Baseball family saw three of its members help lead their respective Major League Baseball team’s to the 2013 Postseason as Michael Bourn (Cleveland), Rob Johnson (St. Louis) and Jesse Crain (Tampa Bay) will all reach October Baseball.
Outfielder Bourn and catcher Johnson played key roles for their ball clubs down the stretch to get them to the 2013 Postseason, while relief pitcher Crain pitched tremendously in limited action this season.
Bourn, a 2003 fourth-round draft selection out of Houston, struggled with a hand injury early on in the season, but came on strong towards the middle of the year for the Cleveland Indians. The former Houston Cougar Freshman All-American hit .263 in 130 games with 23 stolen bases and 50 runs batted in. Bourn played a vital in center field and had a handful of key hits down the stretch in the Indians 10-game winning streak that clinched a berth in the American League Wild Card Game.
Johnson, a fourth-round draft pick in 2004 for the Cougars, took over the everyday catching duties during the dog days of summer when the St. Louis Cardinals lost their starting catcher due to injury. Johnson hit .171 in 20 games on the season and was key to the depth chart for the National League Central Champions.
Crain, a 2002 second-round draft selection for Houston, was without question one of the best relievers in baseball in the first half of the season. A 0.74 earned run average in 36.2 innings landed Crain on the American League All-Star team and saw him break a Chicago White Sox record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Crain was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the league’s trading deadline, but missed most of the second half due to injury.
MLB POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Johnson’s Cardinals will meet the winner of National League Wild Card game with the best-of-five series slated to begin on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT in St. Louis.
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