ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — There were plenty of storylines from the Cardinals (25-19) 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros (15-28) on Tuesday night. Before Tuesday, the most interesting appeal was that the notorious Bud Norris was making the start for Houston, but his alleged curse over the Redbirds at Busch Stadium III had to be broken. Then, on Tuesday, the Cardinals announced that former No.1 draftee Pete Kozma would make his Cardinals debut. Finally, the biggest story end up being the early exits from Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.
The Cardinals announced that Holliday is suffering from tightness in his left quadricep and that Berkman was taken out for precautionary reasons due to discomfort in his right wrist.
Matt Holliday left the game after the second inning when Mark Hamilton took his position in left field in the top of the third. The tightness began to occur when Holliday had to go back on the track to make a catch on a deep fly ball in the second. Holliday batted once and grounded out to third. He was not seen in the clubhouse following the game.
Lance Berkman appeared to roll his right wrist when he made a sensational diving catch to rob a base hit from Astros third baseman Chris Johnson. Trainer Barry Weinberg and manager Tony LaRussa started to come out of the Cardinals dugout, but Berkman told them to stay put and finished out the fifth inning.
The status of both Berkman and Holliday for Thursday afternoon’s game is still in question. Manager Tony LaRussa commented on the situation:
Following the game, Berkman discussed what happened:
Pete Kozma would take Berkman’s fifth spot in the lineup in the bottom of the fifth. Kozma’s first big league at-bat resulted in a RBI double that gave the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. Kozma would finish the night 1-1 with a walk. He shared some thoughts about what happened:
Starter Kyle Lohse (5-2, 2.17) continues to have a great season picking up his first win since April 27, which happen to be at Houston. More importantly, Lohse was able to pitch at least six innings and he is the only Cardinals starter to do so in each of his starts this season. Plus, he earned his seventh quality start of the season, which is tied for the most in all of baseball with Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins and Trevor Cahill of the Oakland Athletics.
Lohse went 8.0 innings allowing just one run in the seventh on a RBI single from Chris Johnson. The Astros were only able to get seven baserunners by way of six hits and one walk off Lohse. He would strike out three on the night.
Lohse did not like how he started, but was able to figure it out quickly:
Behind Lohse, the defense was constantly changing. For instance, the Redbirds had three different left fielders and three different second baseman during the win. Lohse talked about if he noticed the changes as the game progressed:
Bud Norris (2-3, 3.93) made his fifth career start at Busch Stadium III. In his previous four starts, Norris was 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA in 26.0 innings pitched.
The Cardinals put an end to that streak as they go to Norris in the third inning with four runs on four hits and two walks. One of those was an intentional walk to Lance Berkman, and Norris would then walk in a run after Allen Craig drew the base on balls.
Reliever Eduardo Sanchez closed out the game in the ninth with some filthy stuff, but did not pick up a save.
NOTES…Yadier Molina is 8-12 (.667) during the current home stand, and now has a .323 batting average this season…The Cardinals wrap up the short series with the Houston Astros on a Thursday afternoon game…Interleague play will start on Friday with the Cardinals beginning that part of the schedule with the Kansas City Royals…The broadcast for the Charter Communications Pregame Show on KMOX AM 1120 begins at 11:50am.
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