Cardinals right-hander Brad Penny,
who compiled a 4-1 record in his last six starts with
While he said he didn't throw an
abnormal amount of sinkers Wednesday night when he beat
"When you pitch up in the zone,
you get hurt," said Penny, who got 13 groundball outs in his first start at
Penny, in two starts, has given up just one earned run in 14 innings, continuing a strong trend of Cardinals starting pitching. In six of eight games, Cardinals starters have given up two earned runs or fewer. Not coincidentally, the Cardinals are 6-2 for the season, and they have either led or been tied until the last pitch of every game.
The club's only two losses have
come on walk-off homers against the bullpen, but three relievers shut the door
"It really surprised me how
aggressive they were,"
"But if you're down one run, guys usually take one (pitch) or something. They were pretty aggressive, but it worked out to our advantage."
CARDINALS 2, ASTROS
1: For the third
straight series, the Cardinals have won the first two games. In their first two,
--After the first inning
Wednesday, the two teams combined for five hits the rest of the way, three by
--RHPs Adam Wainwright and Brad Penny haven't given up an earned run in more than 15 innings, covering the team's last two starts. Penny has permitted just 11 baserunners over 14 innings in his first two starts with the Cardinals.
--RF Ryan Ludwick, with a first-inning single, extended his streak of consecutive hits to five (he had four on Monday). Ludwick, who was 2-for-4 on the night, is batting .310 after starting 3-for-21 (.143).
--With C Jason LaRue going on the
15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, C Bryan Anderson was
summoned from Class AAA Memphis.
--The Cardinals bullpen has inherited five runners this season, and none has scored. LHP Denny Reyes has stranded four of them.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12-0 -- RHP Chris Carpenter's record against National League Central Division teams over the last two seasons. He was taken off the hook Sunday night when he allowed seven runs in five innings only to have his team rally to tie the game in the ninth.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's always my goal -- to outlast the other starter." -- RHP Adam Wainwright, after working seven innings, one longer than Cincinnati RHP Johnny Cueto, in his first start of the season.
--C Jason LaRue (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 12.