Cardinals Blank Astros 5-0

September 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell (64) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

The Astros weren't able to get to much going off of Lance Lynn and Cardinals pitching tonight, that is until the ninth inning. Unfortunately by then the Cardinals already built a comfortable 5-0 lead. Also the Cardinals put in this guy named Jason Motte who was able to shutdown the Astros rally. Astros starter Lucas Harrell pitched good enough, allowing three runs, all off of homeruns. That's the short version, below is the long version.

Lucas Harrell got things started on the right foot by striking out the side, on two called third strikes, and one swinging strike out against Matt Holiday. Allen Craig led off the bottom of the second inning with a groundball single between third and short to break Harrell's string of strikeouts. The misfortune continued one batter later when David Freese hit his 20th homerun of the season to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. After that homerun Harrell settled in for a little bit and did not allow a ball to leave the infield until the fourth when, once again the Cardinals hit a homerun. This time it was Yadier Molina to dead center. Harrel worked a scoreless fifth before leaving in the sixth with two outs and runners at the corners. Hector Ambriz relieved Harrell and didn't allow any further damage to occur in that inning.

Harrell had control of the outside part of the plate against righties and the inside part of the plate against lefties and was able to get several called strikes hitting that spot. Harrell ended up going 5.2 innings and struck out 7 redbirds in the process. Overall it was a decent outing for the rookie right-hander. Not his best, not his worst, but decent.

Hector Ambriz had a nice inning an a third of scoreless relief while striking out three Cardinals and not allowing a baserunner. Mickey Storey on the other hand did not fare as well and was unable to record an out and allowed three consecutive hits and allowed one run to score while he was on the mound. Chuckie Fick allowed one of the inherited runners to score, but got out of the inning on a nice catch by centerfielder Justin Maxwell.

The Astros got off to a quick start offensively as Jose Altuve hustled his way to a leadoff double, but the Astros were unable to move him past second and left him stranded in the first. The Astros made a little noise in the fourth where Scott Moore worked a walk and Jed Lowrie hit a single, but Brandon Laird grounded out to short to end the threat. Unfortunately that was most of the damage that the Astros were able to inflict on Lynn as he was in control most of the night. Laird was able to hit a one out double to center (his first of his career) in the seventh that ended Lynn's night, but Jimmy Paredes left Lynn stranded at second.

Down 5-0 Brett Wallace led off the ninth with a single, and one batter later Jed Lowrie hit his second single of the night. Laird followed with a popup hit in no man's land behind short and loaded the bases with one out. Unfortunately the Cardinals called upon Jason Motte who came in and struck out Chris Snyder and Jimmy Paredes to end the Astros night.

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