National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, August 6th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (63-50) at Houston Astros (37-75), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.39)
Houston - Brett Myers (3-11, 4.65)
(Sports Network) - With wins in nine of their last 10 games, the Milwaukee
Brewers are asserting themselves as a first-place team in the NL Central.
They take a three-game lead into tonight's contest against the team with the
worst record in the majors -- the Houston Astros.
Chris Narveson starts tonight for the Brewers. The lefty is 3-1 over his last
seven starts and is coming off a no-decision to the Astros on Sunday when he
faced tonight's starter for Houston -- Brett Myers. The Brewers won that game,
5-4, at Miller Park. Narveson is 0-2 in seven games (6 starts) when facing
Myers tries to snap a personal eight-start winless stretch. The right-hander
has five defeats in that stretch with the Astros posting two victories in that
stretch. He's 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) against the Brewers.
Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo beat J.A. Happ and the Houston Astros for
the second time in seven days, pitching eight strong innings Friday night to
lead Milwaukee to an 8-1 win in the opener of this three-game series.
Gallardo (13-7) allowed one run on just four hits and a walk, striking out
six. The 25-year-old right-hander yielded one unearned run in a 6-2 victory
over Houston last Saturday that came in the middle of Milwaukee's three-game
Indeed, the Brewers have been feasting on NL Central teams lately. They are
9-1 during a current 18-game streak of playing only division opponents, giving
them a three-game lead over the Cardinals for first place.
Corey Hart hit a solo homer and Ryan Braun was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two
runs scored for the Brewers, who remained hot after entering the game fresh
off an 8-1 homestand.
"This is a nice little run where we've swung the bat really well all through
the lineup," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Happ (4-14) continued his monumental struggles, giving up six runs and seven
hits in just four innings to fall to 1-10 in his last 14 starts.
The 28-year-old left-hander became the first Astros pitcher ever to give up
five runs or more in eight straight starts.
The Astros finished with just four hits and fell to 4-10 in their last 14
Milwaukee has beaten Houston seven out of 10 tries this season.
08/06 10:46:14 ET
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