Bud Norris made another start
against the Cardinals, and got another win. The
"We haven't been able to figure him out," second baseman Skip Schumaker said.
Chris Carpenter's 13-game
winning streak against National League Central Division teams came to an end
"That one pitch to Pence, that cost me," Carpenter said. "Anytime you give up three-run homers, you've got a chance to lose."
Carpenter allowed just the runs in eight innings. The loss was his first of the season after four victories. He still is not throwing as hard as he used to, but he generally is succeeding with his vast arsenal of sliders, curves, cutters and changeups.
"I'm not even sure Carp's
100 percent," said
"Having said that, I still thought he threw a great game. I thought it was a gutty game. But that's what I've always come to expect from the guy.
"When he's going good, he's as good (as), if not the best pitcher in the National League."
HOUSTON 4, CARDINALS
1: The Cardinals
scored only on LF Matt Holliday's single in the seventh inning, and they have
lost seven of nine. They enter a three-game series at
NOTES AND QUOTES
The Cardinals, who scored 60 percent of their runs via the home run in the first month of the season, now have scored 32 consecutive runs without hitting a homer. They haven't homered in nine games, their longest stretch since they went 10 homerless games in May 2007.
LF Matt Holliday is hitting .310 overall. He's batting .182 (8-for-44) with men in scoring position, meaning that he's 31-for-82 (.378) in non-crunch time.
SS Brendan Ryan has one hit in his last 23 at-bats and is hitting .173 overall. He had committed five errors in three games and sat out Thursday's game, with Tyler Greene playing instead. Manager Tony La Russa said he still was a Ryan booster but cautioned that nobody gets a free pass. "I get frustrated, of course," Ryan said. "Everyone does. But there's no room for me to take that to the field."
INF Felipe Lopez, on the 15-day disabled list since April 26 because of a sore right arm, won't be activated until at least Monday when the team returns home. INF Tyler Greene likely would go back to Class AAA when Lopez is activated. Lopez might get some considerable time at short if his arm is up to it. "He keeps stepping up what he's doing," manager Tony La Russa said. "But if at some point there's a setback, we back it off a day or two."
RHP Chris Carpenter yelled at Houston LF Carlos Lee after the latter popped up in the third inning, slammed his bat to the ground and begun yelling at himself. Both benches emptied. "Things happen," said Carpenter. "I said something; he said something. He's the one that caused everybody to come out, not me. I was just telling him there's no need for it."
Manager Tony La Russa, predictably backing Carpenter, said, "Routinely now, hitters pop up a pitch they think they should do (something) with, and they start making noises, and that really is disrespectful to the pitcher. Most of the pitchers just turn around and ignore it. Carp doesn't. And I think Carp's in the right. I think respect should go both ways."
INF Aaron Miles, who
signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals last week, made his debut with
Class AA Springfield (
By The Numbers:
21—Games in which a Cardinals starter did not give up a home run before RHP Brad Penny permitted two against Philadelphia on May 5.
Quote To Note:
"We're patiently impatient."
—Manager Tony La Russa, waiting for a resolution of INF Felipe Lopez's throwing arm difficulties.
INF Felipe Lopez (strained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26. He resumed baseball activities May 11, and he might rejoin the Cardinals as soon as May 17.