Found May 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
HOUSTON Each day on the calendar gives birth to the possibility of another baseball clich being evoked to convey a pertinent theme. On Sunday at Minute Maid Park, the clich referencing momentum and the next day's starting pitcher was particularly timely and applicable. The Cardinals had right-hander Adam Wainwright and the Astros did not. More extensive analysis could further flesh out the story of the Astros' 8-1 loss, their first on this nine-game home stand, but in truth the most concise explanation offered the greatest amount of clarity. With Wainwright more closely resembling the pitcher who fashioned a dominating three-year stretch starting with his age-26 season in 2008 than the one who has scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this season, the Astros' five-game winning streak was obliterated. That their starter, left-hander J.A. Happ, couldn't overcome the issues that frequently plague him on the mound greased the skids to their demise. "It...

Astros' offense freezes vs. Marlins, Cards

HOUSTON The deferential hat tips were obligatory: first toward Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright on Sunday, then another directed at Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano on Monday night. But for an offense that had seemingly discovered its stride, the Astros' sudden futility could be described as curious if concerning felt a tad overzealous. Wainwright and Zambrano have...

Happ, Astros routed by Cardinals

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tyler Greene hit a career-high two homers and drove in four runs, Adam Wainwright continued his dominance of the Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals got an 8-1 win over Houston on Sunday. The victory breaks a season-long five-game winning streak for the Astros and ends a three-game skid for the Cardinals. Allen Craig also homered for St. Louis, getting things going...

Lineup flexibility sparks Astros' success

HOUSTON Perhaps the move would have gone unnoticedor deemed insignificant had Astros manager Brad Mills not explicitly mentionedpregame Saturday that right fielder Brian Bogusevic was batting second. Most were focused on the absence of Jordan Schafer from the lineup, a move oflate that subsequently shifts second baseman Jose Altuve up one spot in theorder to lead off. But instead...

Cards' Matt Carpenter replaces Berkman

HOUSTON The link between folklore and fandom is intrinsic, with the blend of exaggeration and admiration yielding tales that supersede life. Cardinals rookie infielder Matt Carpenter doesn't wear batting gloves. That he is something of a novelty in that regard has made him a fan favorite in St. Louis, a city where hardnosed baseball players are revered and lauded for as long...

Johnson hits 1st career slam, Astros top Cards

HOUSTON (AP) -- Astros third baseman Chris Johnson wanted badly to atone for an error that had helped the St. Louis Cardinals to an early lead Saturday night. And atone he did. Johnson hit his first grand slam in the first inning, and the Astros beat the Cardinals 8-2 behind a solid start by right-hander Bud Norris to win a fifth consecutive game for the first time since late 2010...

Greene's performance matches expectations

Second baseman Tyler Greene showed all those offensive skills Sunday that have labeled him still a prospect although he more often than not has been suspect at the big-league level. Greene, mostly a reserve who was starting at second base against Houston LHP J.A. Happ, clubbed two homers and a double and drove in four runs as he bumped his average to .256. He stole one base and...

Defense lets down Lohse

Right-hander Kyle Lohse failed to join Lance Lynn as St. Louis starters to open their seasons at 5-0. Lohse was not quite his April self as he allowed five runs in five innings to the Houston Astros on Friday night. However, two of those runs were unearned, and perhaps just one of the five should have scored if the Cardinals' defense had performed better. On the other hand...

Cardinals are running more under Mike Matheny

The addition of outfielder Carlos Beltran, who leads the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 with five stolen bases, along with a new approach by manager Mike Matheny, has resulted in the Cardinals swiping more bags at a higher success rate than in past seasons. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will go down as one of the best manager of...

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hitting the road

St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in another installment of this year’s series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as...

Harris’ baseball career takes another turn

Just a few weeks away from returning to Navy duty from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp, pitcher Mitch Harris hit a physical roadblock Saturday.

Daily Notes: Saturday’s Notable Games

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: St. Louis at Houston, 19:05 ET 2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: St. Louis at Houston, 19:05 ET Regarding the Houston Astros as of Friday As of Friday, the Houston Astros were tied (with San Francisco) for the 11th...

Cards, Lohse fall in Houston series opener

The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated in their weekend series opener at Houston’s Minute Maid Park Friday night.
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