American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, April 19th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Indians (5-9) at Houston Astros (4-11), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Brett Myers (0-2, 8.82)
Houston - Lucas Harrell (0-2, 5.63)
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams trying to end losing streaks collide Friday
at Minute Maid Park, where the Houston Astros are set to open a three-game
series versus the Cleveland Indians.
The Astros are mired in a five-game losing streak and were just swept in three
games against the Oakland Athletics. In Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Athletics,
Bud Norris couldn't even get out of the first inning and was pounded for six
runs and five hits in just two-thirds of an inning.
Carlos Pena homered and Rick Ankiel delivered a pinch-hit blast in defeat. The
Astros scored the game's final four runs, but the debacle in the opening frame
was too much to overcome.
"I don't believe in moral victories; you either win or lose," Houston manager
Bo Porter said. "But at the same time I liked that we kept fighting."
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for Houston.
Lucas Harrell toes the rubber for the Astros Friday and he is searching for
his first win of the season (0-2). Harrell did not record a decision in
Saturday's 5-4 road loss to the L.A. Angels and hurled 5 2/3 innings of one-
run ball with five K's and one walk.
Harrell lowered his ERA from 7.84 to 5.62 and is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two
career meetings (1 start) with the Indians.
Cleveland has dropped four in a row and is coming off Thursday's 6-3 setback
to the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series.
Indians starter Zach McAllister allowed three runs on six hits and three walks
over five innings to absorb the loss for Cleveland.
"I though at times I was pretty good, but other times I was not too good. I
threw too many pitches for the innings I pitched, but I was able to battle and
get out of tough jams when I needed to," McAllister said.
Carlos Santana had two hits and an RBI and Mike Aviles had a hit, a run scored
and drove in a run for the Tribe.
Cleveland hopes Brett Myers can find his groove in Friday's opener of a
lengthy 10-game road trip. In his first season with the Indians, Myers is 0-2
with an 8.82 earned run average in three starts and suffered a tough-luck loss
in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Myers was reached for two runs in six innings and allowed six hits. He tied a
season high with four strikeouts and issued one walk. The fiery right-hander
and former Astro is 3-3 with a 4.92 ERA in 11 career games (8 starts) against
Houston. Myers pitched for the Astros from 2010-2012.
The Astros won two of three matchups with Cleveland last season. It was the
first series between the teams since Houston won two of three back in 2001.
04/19 10:22:04 ET
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