Wow what a game. The Astros now sit at the .500 mark after beating the Cardinals 3-2 in a game that ended as the midnight bell rang in St. Louis. The game was scheduled to start at 7:15 PM, but due to rain(and St. Louis not having a roof), the game was post-poned about 2 hours and started closer to 9:15 PM.
Shawn Chacon... is he for real? Pretty much everyone has been saying "It's not going to last, he'll return to the old Chacon soon", but when do you start believing? Now? Chacon has 5 great starts under his belt this season and has yet to give up more than 3 runs in a game. His ERA is sitting at .245 and yet he still has failed to notch a win. I don't know if this is the Chacon we'll see all season, but I know that I like what I've seen so far...
Kind of odd game last night... both teams were unable to score runs for 8 innings in a row. The Cardinals scored 2 in the 1st against Chacon and then couldn't score another. The Astros went scoreless for the 1st 8 innings and then decided to turn on the bats... good timing. In the 9th inning Erstad got a base hit and then was followed by Miguel Tejada's 2nd triple of the season. Berkman followed with a sac fly to left field scoring Tejada and then Lee came in and left the yard, putting the Astros ahead for the final blow. It was about midnight at this time and I was too tired to really celebrate, but a fist pump was due, and so I gave it. Valverde came in and sealed the deal(albeit, not without trouble).
It would have been really nice to see Valverde come in and just shut the door, but that didn't happen. I was happy to see that Cooper just decided to put Pujols on. If Pujols would have tied or put the Cardinals ahead there, more people would be calling for Cooper's head. That didn't happen and Cooper looks to have done a good job on the night.