Game Day Notes: Game 2 - St. Louis @ Houston

Jason Marquis, a 15 game winner last season, takes to the mound in the second game of a two game series against the Houston Astros, this afternoon. Game time 4:05 p.m. CT with game coverage by TV: FSN & Radio: KMOX 1120. <p> The Cardinals won the first game, 7-3 to spoil the Astros home opener.

It's game two of the 2005 season and we find the St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) at Houston Astros (0-1) at Minute Maid Park.

Today's starters are Jason Marquis (15-7, 3.71 in 2004) vs. Andy Pettitte (6-4, 3.90 in 2004).

This is the second of a two-game series with the Astros...the Cardinals will return to St. Louis for a three-game series with the Phillies beginning Friday afternoon (3:15 p.m. CDT).

CARDINALS STARTER: JASON MARQUIS RHP • 6-1 • 210 • 26 yrs • #21 15-7, 3.71 ERA in 2004

vs. Lefthanders: .278 (101-363), 14 HRs vs. Righthanders: .271 (114-420), 12 HRs

Marquis Career:

Pitched a career-high 201.1 IP last season, starting a career-high 32 games for the Cardinals.

His Major League record is 29-22 in 72 starts, 128 games.

Has pitched in four games at Minute Maid Park and holds an 0-1 mark with a 7.15 ERA. Marquis in 2005

Made six spring training starts ending the Grapefruit League season with a 3-2 mark, 5.61 ERA.

Recorded a decision in his first five starts. Did not get a decision his last start 4/1 vs. BAL at Oklahoma City.

Made his best start of the spring with his 6.0 IP on 4/1, allowing just one run on four hits and struck out a spring-high seven.

Led all Cardinals hurlers with 25.2 IP this spring and gave up a team-high eight home runs.

THE START OF SOMETHING? The Cardinals' best winning streak to begin a season was seven games in 1962... the club's worst season-opening losing streak was the 0-6 start of 1997...St. Louis opened last season with a pair of losses and a 1-3 mark in opening series vs. Milwaukee.

ABOUT THE OPENER:The Cards played their first road opener since 2001 last night and posted their first Opening Day road win since 1994 (at CIN)...the Cardinals improved to 52-60-2 all-time on Opening Day, including a 2-0 mark vs. the Astros...St. Louis is now 18-32-2 when opening the season on the road.

LAST NIGHT:The Cardinals got three HR's from their offense were defeated 8-6 in last season's lid-lifter vs. and Chris Carpenter provided 7.0 strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits for the win...Jim Edmonds had 4 RBI, including a 3-run HR in the 1st inning and Larry Walker paced the 11-hit attack with three...Walker joined Edmonds and Reggie Sanders in the homer column.

MARK MULDER: Will make his Cardinals regular season debut on Friday vs. PHI in the team's home opener...lefty was 2-2, 3.60 ERA in six spring starts and he made a final exhibition tune-up last Sun. at Springfield, MO going 6.0 IP...he will be making his 2nd career start (0-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. Philly and his 1st career appearance at Busch Stadium...was 17-8, 4.43 for Oakland last year...was dealt to Cardinals on 12/18/04 for RHP Dan Haren, RHP Kiko Calero and C Daric Barton.

THE YEAR WAS 1982: Prior to last night, the only other time St. Louis faced the Astros on Opening Day was when they traveled to Houston at the beginning of the Cards' 1982 World Championship season...at the time, Michael Jordan and North Carolina had just finished capturing a NCAA basketball championship with a 62-61 win over Georgetown...twenty-three years later and after last night's 75-70 win over Illinois, the Cardinals will once again look to follow Carolina's lead in bringing home a championship...in 1982, the Cardinals roughed up Nolan Ryan to the tune of six runs in three innings en route to a 14-2 season-opening win over the Astros...Bob Forsch earned the win on the mound for the Cardinals.

ONCE EVERY 114 YEARS: All three Cardinals starting outfielders (Edmonds, Sanders, Walker) homered last night, marking the first time in team history that a Cardinals starting outfield trio all homered in a season opening game...last night's game was only the third time in team history (2000 & 1941) that the Redbirds clubbed three HR's in a season opener...it was the first time since April 21 of last season (also at Houston) that all three Cardinals starting outfielders (Lankford, Edmonds, Sanders) homered in the same contest...Walker & Sanders hit their 4th career Opening Day homers last night & Edmonds hit his 3rd career Opening Day shot.


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