HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 27: Pitcher Bud Norris of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on September 27, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Well, that got out of hand quickly. It was nice while it lasted, including that huge triple by Paredes, but in the end, the Cards had too much to play for and the Astros had too few pitchers in the bullpen who could actually get people out.
On the good news, bad news scale, there was Jose Altuve. The second baseman went 3 for 5 with a run scored, but he was also picked off and caught stealing. Since we've been talking about Moneyball this week, those were not really Moneyball moves.
Also, David Carpenter pitched well in a multi-inning stint, which is particularly nice since he sort of taunted the Cardinals with his performance. Pedro Feliz was totally worth that trade, wasn't he Cardinals?
For all the Brett Wallace fans, this had to be a bit of redemption, as he started just the second game since being called back up to the majors. He also made a big play with an 2-RBI single in that third inning rally. He walked as well, which makes for a fairly good night overall.
I'm not happy that the Cardinals are now tied with the Braves, but at least the Astros can play spoiler again tomorrow. The Astros will turn to Brett Myers, who's been on a nice run, but the Cards have Chris Carpenter, who has always been a thorn to Houston. Should be another good game.