The Cardinals began their six game road trip last night with a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Astros. For the Cards, time is running out, and every loss puts them further out of the race.
The game started off as a pitchers duel between Kyle Lohse and Randy Wolf. Lohse held the Astros scoreless through six before giving up a two run homer to David Newhan. The Cardinal starter left the game after eight very solid innings with the game tied at two.
When the Cardinals didn’t score in the top of the ninth, veteran reliever Russ Springer was summoned out of the bullpen to pitch the bottom half. After getting the first out, Springer served up a walk-off homer to Lance Berkman, putting the Cards another game off the Wild Card pace. 3-2 was the final. Here’s the complete box score.
Game two is tonight, with Braden Looper facing Brian Moehler. The Cardinals have come back to win each series this season against Houston, despite losing the first game in each. Hopefully, another win is in the Cards.