So. Jose Altuve? He’s pretty good!
Our pitchers need to keep an eye on this kid.
The Astros second baseman hit a three run homer off Kyle Lohse in the second inning. I’ll admit it. It was quite the shot. And that’s all I feel comfortable saying about that home run.
The shot ended up being all the Astros would need to beat the Cards as they scored two runs in the first inning on singles from Jed Lowrie and Carlos Lee.
Allen Craig reaching on a throwing error allowing Rafael Furcal to score was the first run of the game in the first inning. Matt Carpenter scored on a balk in the second. In the third, the Cardinals tried to make things interesting. Matt Holliday tripled and Jon Jay scored. Allen Crag hit a sacrifice fly allowing Holliday to score.
And that was it!
We do need to discuss one aspect of this game. There were a lot of errors. On both sides. The Astros not only had a balk, but a throwing error from third baseman Chris Johnson. Ok, fine. But … For the Cardinals, Matt Carpenter had an ugly fielding error. Craig had a throwing error. Not good guys! Let’s get better about that, Ok!
Kyle Lohse got his first loss of the season. He gave up seven hits, had three earned earns, a walk and a homer to Altuve. Lohse did strike out three. Fernando Salas, Victor Marte and Marc Rzepczynski pitched well in relief, not allowing anything to get worse. Which is always good!
Tonight’s game is going to be a real test… Jaime Garcia takes the mound against Bud
Chuck Norris. Let’s hope the Cardinals figure out Bud out … finally!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.