It was set to be Lance Berkman‘s homecoming. As Matt Leach stated on Twitter last night, Berkman had written everyone’s stories for them with an RBI double in the top of the 9th to give St. Louis the lead. But things changed quickly. A single, a passed ball, an error, and a wild pitch later and the Astros tied up the game and had Michael Bourn on first, all with newly minted closer Mitchell Boggs on the mound. The Astros would then load the bases on Boggs, all without getting a single out. Ultimately, with one out Bill Hall singled in the game winning run and Boggs was left staring at a blown save and a loss.
If the main storyline coming into this game was the return of Lance Berkman to Houston. One of the minor ones had to be former Cardinals’ prospect Brett Wallace getting to play his old team for the first time. While Berkman went 2-for-5 with a ninth inning RBI, Wallace played a crucial part for the Astros, going 3-for-4 and adding an RBI of his own.
For the Cardinals, the hero of the night would be Daniel Descalso. He would go 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, and an intentional walk. He became just the 26th Cardinal in franchise history to post 7 total bases in just 4 plate appearances. The last was Adam Kennedy in 2008 and it had only been done 3 times in the Tony LaRussa era.
The other big note of the night was Albert Pujols getting an intentional walk in his only plate appearance of the game. He didn’t start due to concerns with his hamstring, but made a pinch hitting appearance in the top of the 8th. It was his first intentional walk of the season, making it the deepest in a season that he’d gotten an intentional walk. He got walked in his 23rd game this year, his previous long had been in the 7th game of the season. Dating back to last year, he hadn’t been intentionally walked in 27 straight games, that was the 9th longest streak of his career. His longest was an amazing 80 games from June 2004 to September 2004.
Hero: Does it go to anyone other than Daniel Descalso? 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 7 total bases is a pretty incredible night. (3-for-3, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI)
Zero: Mitchell Boggs. Am I clamoring for his replacement? No. If Franklin was given 4 mistakes, we can give Boggs at least 1. What concerned me, though, was the fact that they tied the game before Boggs was able to notch a single out and mental errors compounded the situation. It will be interesting to see how he comes back in his next opportunity. (0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER)