The Redbird Report 04/09

CARDINALS 5, ASTROS 3: For the second night in succession, the Cardinals erased a Houston lead, but this time they added on, with Troy Glaus doubling home the winning and insurance runs in a two-run eighth inning. Cardinals relievers worked five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits.

I remembered some things I used to do."

That was right-hander Anthony Reyes' assessment after his three dominating innings of relief Tuesday against Houston earned him his first win this season. Reyes was throwing in the low 90s after having trouble getting to that level last year, when he finished 2-14.

"I just feel like I'm getting better and better," said Reyes, removed from rotation consideration at the start of the season and kept on the roster mostly at the behest of general manager John Mozeliak and not pitching coach Dave Duncan or manager Tony La Russa.

But La Russa congratulated Reyes on his work Tuesday.

"That's the way he's been the last three times in that role. He really came after those guys," La Russa said.

Reyes faced just 10 hitters and retired Lance Berkman with the potential go-ahead run at third base with two out in the seventh.

"I feel like I'm on the right track now," Reyes said. "Last year, I was throwing the ball all over the place."

NOTES AND QUOTES

--RHP Jason Isringhausen, with a perfect ninth, notched his fourth save in four tries Tuesday.

--RHP Joel Pineiro, who may be activated to pitch Sunday, worked six innings for Class AAA Memphis at New Orleans on Tuesday, giving up two runs in the first inning and then nothing after that. Pineiro has been on the disabled list because of shoulder trouble.

--OF Skip Schumaker, after 16 hitless at-bats, tripled in the third inning Tuesday for his first hit of the season. "I didn't think it would take four starts to get my first hit," he said. Asked if it had been wearing on him, Schumaker said, "Absolutely. I'd be lying if I said it didn't."

--The Cardinals scored the first run for the seventh time in their eight games.

--RHP Brad Thompson, who didn't have an RBI in his previous three seasons, squeezed home a run in the second inning Tuesday for his second RBI in two games.

BY THE NUMBERS: 300 -- Career doubles for 1B Albert Pujols after hitting one on April 4.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think it will be four new guys." -- RHP Braden Looper, referring to the Cardinals' potential rotation. The current starters all are pitching well, but there are four more on the way when they recover from injuries and surgeries.


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