Daily Rant: Cardinals finally get to Bud Norris in defeat of Astros


Even though Bud Norris struck out twelve Cardinals, the Cardinals finally were able to slay the Cardinal Killer. The Astros tried to storm back late, but the bullpen held them off for the victory. Click the jump for more details on the game.

Box Score

St. Louis301000000473
WP: A. Wainwright (5-6) S: J. Motte (10)
LP: B. Norris (5-3)
R. Furcal ss401000100.312
D. Descalso 2b411110301.227
    J. Motte p000000000.000
C. Beltran rf411000200.275
A. Craig lf422210100.366
D. Freese 3b401100300.267
Y. Molina c401000000.326
M. Adams 1b300000302.278
A. Chambers cf300000100.273
A. Wainwright p200000100.038
    V. Marte p000000000.000
    S. Robinson ph100000000.256
    E. Sanchez p000000000.000
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    T. Greene 2b000000000.212
A. Wainwright (W, 5-6)5.27331801.364.97
V. Marte (H, 8)0.11000001.224.10
E. Sanchez (H, 2)0.20001101.113.00
M. Rzepczynski0.01000001.225.06
M. Boggs (H, 8)1.02000001.172.10
J. Motte (S, 10)1.11001200.972.92

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal had a single  and kept his average above .300.
  • Daniel Descalso his his third home run of the season in the first inning.
  • Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina each had hits. Beltran’s average sits at .275 while Yadi sports a .326 average.
  • Allen Craig had two hits including his seventh home run in the third inning and another RBI single.
  • Wainwright was one batter shy of the quality start. He lasted five and two thirds and struck out eight batters. Wainwright has still shown concerning inconsistency
  • The bullpen was stellar. They pitched the remaining three and a third innings of shutout baseball.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Not really a lot to complain about in this game. Matt Adams and Adron Chambers went hitless, but the Cardinals only left three Cardinals on base.
  • The only big complaint would obviously be the abundance of strikeouts. Norris had twelve strikeouts and the bullpen had another three. Fifteen strikeouts shows an alarming lack of patience.

Three Stars

3) The Bullpen – Victor Marte, Eduardo Sanchez, Marc Rzepczynski, Mitchell Boggs, and Jason Motte combined for three and a third innings of shutout baseball to keep this a one run game.

2) Daniel Descalso – Descalso hit a solo shot in the first inning that meant the difference between a one run game and a game going extra innings.

1) Allen Craig – Craig had two RBIs including a solo home run in the third inning that ended up being the winning run.



Today’s Game

The Cardinals face the Astros at 7:05 in the deciding game of the three game series. The Cardinals send out 8-2 Lance Lynn against 4-5 J.A. Happ. Lynn is making his second attempt at becoming the game’s first nine game winner. He has a 2.63 ERA and six of his last ten outings have been quality starts. J.A. Happ has a 4.31 ERA on the season and has not shown much success against the Cardinals. In nine starts against the Birds in his career, he has seven losses and a 6.70 ERA.