The Cardinals are in some kind of funk. They completed a 2-8 road trip by losing to the Astros 5-2 Wednesday afternoon in Houston.
The Cardinals actually outhit Houston 7-6, but didn’t take advantages of a couple of opportunities where they loaded the bases with two outs, but couldn’t muster any runs. The Cardinals only runs came after Matt Holliday hit his 24th homer of the year, a two run shot in the top of the first off Nelson Figeroa, who pitched five innings for the win.
Jeff Suppan made his first start since returning from the DL and was pitching well until he ran into trouble in the fifth. Suppan walked former Cardinal prospect Brett Wallace and then gave up a double to catcher Jason Castro. After a fielder’s choice and sac fly cut the lead to 2-1, Suppan walked Jeff Keppinger with two outs, then hung a curveball to Hunter Pence who sent it into the Crawford boxes to make the score 4-2. Houston added insurance in the seventh.