Happ allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk over six innings in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday. He also recorded eight strikeouts but did not factor into the decision.
Happ's issues with keeping the ball in the park did surface in the form of solo home runs by Kevin Newman and Yoshi Tsutsugo, but otherwise, he continued to look like a completely different pitcher than the one who was frequently hit hard and often while with the Twins earlier in the season. Factoring in Saturday's line, Happ owns a 2-0 record, 1.99 ERA and 1.01 WHIP across the 22.2 innings he's logged over his first four starts in a Cardinals uniform. He'll look to keep up his strong form in a likely rematch with the Pirates on Friday or Saturday.