The Astros made some lineup moves yesterday. First, they took Nelson Figueroa out of the starting rotation and replaced him with Aneury Rodriguez. Figueroa had an 8.28 ERA in five starts in 2011. Then, they took Brett Wallace out of the lineup with a hip pointer contusion and took Carlos Lee out of the cleanup spot.
The Cardinals won their fourth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves in the late innings once again. This time, Atlanta held a 2-0 lead going into the eighth inning, but gave up two runs in that frame and the game winner in the ninth. And, once again, they won on a triple as Gerald Laird drove in Matt Holliday. David Freese went 2-4 and drove in both runs in the eighth.
The Reds also didn't see many runs for a while in their game as they were shut out through seven innings. The Marlins weren't much better, scoring just one solitary run in the first. In the eighth, both teams struck with the Marlins scoring two more and the Reds countering with three of their own to tie the game. Nobody scored in the ninth, so the game headed to extras. It wouldn't last long, though, as the Reds walked off in the tenth on an Edgar Renteria single.
The Cubs also won in late innings as the game was tied 3-3 going into the ninth before the Cubs scored two to win 5-3 against the Diamondbacks. Alfonso Soriano went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI. Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney both went 2-5 with an RBI each.
What's going on today?