Cardinals stumble back home

 St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro wipes his face on his sleeve in the sixth inning of a baseball game  against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Houston. Houston won 2-1.  
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Mark Mulder is expected to start next week for the Cardinals on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The Cubs beat the Brewers and so the Cardinals are now 3 out with 32 games to go. 

Cardinals 1 Astros 2 

The Cardinals lost a hard fought battle with Houston 2-1.  Joel Pineiro had another nice outing allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings.  The big hit was a HR by Lance Berkman.  Once again the Cardinals couldn’t solve Matt Albers who is now 4-6 with a 5.36 ERA.  Take away his 2 starts against the Cardinals and Albers is 2-6 with an ERA over 7. 

Anthony Reyes will take on the Reds tonight at Busch Stadium.   

Memphis 6 Iowa (Cubs) 3

Skip hit a 2-run HR.  Mike Smith gave up 3 runs in 6.2 innings and helped his cause with 2 hits and 2 runs.  Jarrett Hoffpauir had a hit and 2 BBs.

Springfield 8 Wichita (Royals) 0

Mitch Boggs was dominating, pitching 8 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits.  Jose Martinez had 2 hits including a 2-run blast.  It was his tenth since being promoted.  Cazani Marti was 2-2 with 2 walks.  Rico Washington hit a 3-run HR.

Palm Beach 4 Brevard County (Brewers) 1

Mark Shorey had a huge night, going 2 for 4 including a 3-run bomb.  Isa Garcia hit a solo shot.  Jim Rapoport had 2 hits and a run scored.  Luke Gorsett had 2 hits including a triple.  Stu Pomerantz had his best since his return, giving up 1 run on 2 hits in 5 innings.  Luke Gregerson notched his 29th save.

Quad Cities 1 Peoria (Cubs) 3

Jose Ramirez went 3-3.  Christian Reyes added 2 more hits and that was it for the Swing offense.  Clayton Mortenson had another nice outing, pitching 5 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit, and striking out 4.  Matt Spade took the loss in as many nights but at least he got an out this time out.

Batavia 0 Jamestown (Marlins) 5

Justin Roberson, Daniel Descalso, and Jonathan Edwards accounted for the only 3 Muckdogs hits.  Jon Stambaugh was roughed up for 5 runs in 4 innings.

That’s it for today.  Maybe an update later.

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