He’s got whatever it is that blows them away …
For only the second time this season, the Cardinals will lose a series. This time, that series goes to Houston.
It was Jaime Garcia’s fifth start and he was looking for his third win. Trouble is, he was 0-3 against Houston in his career. Add that to the fact the Redbirds don’t hit Norris well — at all! — and that it was a road game (not Garcia’s specialty) and things weren’t looking entirely promising to start with. Especially considering the spark the ‘Stros offense has shown lately.
The Cards continued their trend of scoring early — plating one run in the first inning. But, when Garcia walked the bases loaded with two outs, it was more than a little trouble. As Rick Hummel described it,
For much of the first inning at Minute Maid Park, Garcia had trouble locating the strike zone. From bouncing his first curveball about seven feet in front of the plate, Garcia proceeded to load the bases on walks with two outs.
Then, he began throwing strikes, as in two quick ones to [Chris] Johnson. The third pitch to Johnson was a strike too, if Yadier Molina would have caught it. Johnson took a pitch down in the zone and launched his first career grand slam into the Crawford (Street) boxes atop the left-field wall and the Astros had erased a 1-0 Cardinals lead built against Bud Norris in the top of the first. » Continue reading “Bud Norris: Cardinal Killer Extraordinaire”