The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros thread 30/05/06


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Okay here's my preview of today's game 2.

Pitching matchup
HOU: LHP Andy Pettitte (3-6, 5.76 ERA)
Pettitte was hit hard again in his last outing, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits over three innings in a loss to the Nationals. Pettitte has allowed 12 earned runs over his last two starts and has allowed five or more runs in three of five starts this month.

STL: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
This will be Reyes' third start of his Major League career and first against the Astros.

Player to watch
Larry Bigbie hasn't seen much playing time this year because of a stress fracture and illness, but could get the call Tuesday. He's batting an incredible .786 (11-for-14) against Pettitte.


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Okay here's my review of game 2.

Craig Biggio caught up with Hank Aaron and helped the Houston Astros stay above .500 in the process.

Biggio's two-run homer capped a five-run seventh and he tied Aaron for ninth place on the career doubles list in a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The big inning rescued Andy Pettitte, who had left after six innings trailing 3-1, and kept the Astros from dropping below .500 for the first time all season. Houston is 9-17 on the road, 3-6 with one game left on a 10-game trip and 27-26 overall.

Houston is 11-18 this month, avoiding the franchise's worst May. The Astros were 10-19 last year and in 2000.

The Astros won as talk intensified that they were close to signing Roger Clemens. Pettitte said he knows what's going on "but it's not my place to say anything about that, really."

Pinch-hitters Mike Lamb and Orlando Palmeiro had RBI singles off Josh Hancock (1-1) in the seventh, and Lamb scored on Palmeiro's hit when center fielder So Taguchi's throw to third got past Scott Rolen and rolled into the camera well near the dugout.

The homer was Biggio's fifth and he hit his 624th career double in the sixth to tie Aaron. He has 2,850 hits, moving two past Brooks Robinson for 40th place, and a day earlier became the 23rd player to reach 10,000 at-bats.

Rolen hit his sixth homer and doubled twice for the Cardinals, who lost for only the fourth time in 13 games.

Rolen and Juan Encarnacion homered on consecutive pitches against Pettitte (4-6) in the fourth, Encarnacion's 429-foot drive just inside the left-field foul pole, for a 3-1 lead. Rolen doubled and scored on Yadier Molina's double in the second.

Pettitte, who struck out four and had an intentional walk to Albert Pujols with one out and a runner on second in the fifth, won for the first time in five road starts this season. He allowed 21 earned runs in 19 innings in the first four road outings and in his last two outings overall had given up 12 runs in nine innings in a pair of losses.

Rookie Anthony Reyes had seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings as the stand-in for Chris Carpenter, placed on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder before the game. He allowed three runs and five hits with one walk.

The Astros had taken the lead in the first on Willy Taveras' leadoff double and Lance Berkman's one-out RBI single.

Astros-6 - Cardinals-3.

And here are some game notes
Reyes singled for his first career hit to start the third. ... The Cardinals have hit consecutive homers twice this season, also doing it April l6 against the Reds when Pujols and Rolen connected. ... Palmeiro has five hits in his last 12 pinch at-bats. ... A crowd of 44,732 kept the sellout string going at 27 games at new Busch Stadium.