Norris gets roughed up early, still strikes out 12 Cards batters
HOUSTON,TX - JUNE 06: Bud Norris #20 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 6, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) By Bob Levey
HOUSTON (BaseballStL) – Coming off a four-run ninth inning the night before, the Cardinals jumped on Astros starter Bud Norris in the first inning on Wednesday.
Norris, who has given the Cardinals’ offense trouble in his career, was tacked for three runs in the first inning which included a solo home run by Daniel Descalso, who was previously 4-for-8 against the starter. Allen Craig added another solo home run to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
Norris eventually settled down to strike out 12 batters over six innings pitched. It was the most strikeouts against the Cardinals since Cole Hamels fanned 12 batters on August 3, 2006. In his previous 6.1 innings pitched, Norris allowed 15 hits and 12 earned runs while battling a strained hip flexor.
Norris compiled a 7-2 record with a 2.17 ERA in eleven previous starts against the Cardinals.