Roy Oswalt has always been a Cardinal Killer, so when I saw he was scheduled to pitch against us this series, I automatically said, "OK, this is gonna suck." It turned out I was wrong.
Oswalt still did give up only 5 hits, but 3 runs! The Cardinals got off to an early lead in the 1st inning. Aaron Miles and Rick Ankiel both got out to start the game, but with two outs, Albert Pujols got a single. Then, Oswalt walked Ryan Ludwick, so there was no chance for another home run from him. Oswalt then walked the bases loaded... Who was next? Chris Duncan. I was thinking, "Oh no, he either strikes out or pops it up, and he leaves the bases loaded." He stepped up to the plate and lined a clutch single to drive in the first two runs. That was about all the offense the Cardinals got last night, besides a solo shot by Pujols (his 13th, tying him for the team lead with Ludwick), which actually turned out to be the deciding run. Unfortunately, Jason Larue went 0 for 3, lowering his average to a lowly .136.
Kyle Lohse started against Oswalt for the Cardinals. He was amazing in his last start against the Dodgers, after a few rough starts following a very hot beginning of the season. Lohse again showed he could perform, pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball, the only run coming off of a solo shot by Carlos Lee. The bullpen held the lead of 3-1 until the 9th, where Lance Berkman hit another homer, but only a solo one too. Franklin finsihed up the game for his 4th save. Berkman went 2 for 4, not much we can do about it. He's just an amazing player, even more vs. us. At least the rest of the team wasn't as stunning. Final score: Cardinals 3, Astros 2