*Editor’s Note (First off, I will admit I was being a true sports fan and ended up watching my Rams draft Robert Quinn and the entire draft tonight so I am just going off of the stat line & ESPN).
Kyle McClellan looked to put himself in line for his first loss early on, but a Cardinals offensive explosion in the 6th more than made up to erase the deficit and put the Cardinals in line to win the series clencher.
All in all the game totaled 18 runs and 28 hits between the two teams, this game looks like it would not keep you bored.
Albert ended up going 2 for 5 in the game, Holliday 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs, and David Freese went 3 for 5 with an RBI.
The story of the night obviously focused around our very own $8 Million Dollar Man – Lance Berkman. Like Steve Austin, Lance Berkman has come back from obscurity to look half man/half machine as of late and is batting .410 on the season with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs. Tonight Lance tore up the Astros yet again, going 4 for 5 and smoking two home runs out of the park.
The Astros blew through 3 different pitchers in the 6th trying to combat the Cardinals and the 14 batters they faced. Lance Berkman homered with two men aboard and every other batter it seemed just came in, hit a single, and drove in runs. The entire inning they just chipped more and more out of the Astros in what seemed to be a frustrating inning for the Houston faithful.
Motte, Batista, Trever Miller (didn’t record a single out yet again), and finally Fernando Salas backed up Kyle coming out of the pen and finished off the game to bring the Cards their win and Fernando’s first save in another round of pick the closer.
This rotating bullpen/closer situation with the Cardinals has obviously been kind of tough up to this point, but as long as they are winning I guess we are getting the result we want. Hopefully soon enough we can figure out what everyone’s role is and concentrating on moving forward in the line.