National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, May 5th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (16-10) at Houston Astros (12-14), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (2-1, 2.78)
Houston - Bud Norris (1-1, 5.46)
(Sports Network) - Bud Norris tries to continue a string of success against
St. Louis tonight when the Houston Astros resume a three-game series against
the Cardinals at Minute Maid Park.
Norris is only 22-25 for his career, but in 10 starts against St. Louis he has
posted a 6-2 mark to go along with a 2.37 earned run average.
The 27-year-old right-hander, who is 1-1 this season with a 5.45 ERA, did not
get a decision on Monday against the New York Mets, as he allowed three runs
and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 4-3 win.
"I've felt in a couple of starts this year I haven't been able to get that
extra pitch to get out of that jam," Norris said after his last start.
Norris will be trying to keep the Astros in the win column tonight after the
team picked up their season-high fourth straight victory with a 5-4 triumph in
Friday's opener. Jose Altuve blasted a three-run homer and had two hits and
scored twice in the win.
"When we scored five runs early in the game, we kept battling. We tried to
score a little more and didn't, but that was enough to win the game...The
pitcher's kept the game like that," Altuve said.
Lucas Harrell (2-2) picked up the win in his first ever start against the
Cardinals, tossing 5 1/3 innings while scattering seven hits and allowing four
runs -- three earned -- with three strikeouts.
Brett Myers converted his seventh save in as many opportunities, erasing a
Rafael Furcal single on a double play and striking out Matt Holliday to face
the minimum in the ninth.
Kyle Lohse (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the year, after being
touched for five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five frames.
Holliday had two hits, including a triple, scored a run and batted in another
as the Cardinals dropped their second straight.
"I didn't think I had too bad of control, I was up in the zone. I felt like I
was right around the zone all night," Lohse said.
Tonight, St. Louis gives the ball to lefty Jaime Garcia, who lost for the
first time this season his last time out. Garcia gave up three runs and nine
hits over seven innings to Milwaukee on Sunday to fall to 2-1 on the year,
while bumping his ERA to 2.78.
Garcia has struggled mightily against the Astros in his brief career, posting
an 0-3 mark with a 6.39 ERA in five starts.
St. Louis was 10-5 against the Astros last season.
05/05 10:55:21 ET
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