National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, May 16th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (16-20) at Houston Astros (15-21), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (2-3, 5.63)
Houston - Bud Norris (3-1, 3.95)
(Sports Network) - Astros starter Bud Norris will take the hill tonight
looking for a third straight victory, but to do that he will need to keep the
Brewers in the ballpark.
That is something he failed to do the first time he faced them and Norris
hopes for better results when Houston and Milwaukee open up a two-game series
at Minute Maid Park.
Norris is a solid 3-1 with a 3.95 earned run average this season, but that
loss came against the Brewers back on April 24 as he was hammered for seven
runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 frames. He allowed homers to Milwaukee's Corey
Hart, Travis Ishikawa and Rickie Weeks, falling to 3-3 with a 4.98 ERA in his
career versus the Brewers.
The 27-year-old righty has only allowed one unearned run over his two-game
winning streak and is coming off an outing on Friday in Pittsburgh in which he
tossed six scoreless innings. Norris scattered three hits and struck out a
season high-tying eight batters without a walk. He also showed composure by
getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.
"You can't say enough about Bud and the way he pitched," said Houston manager
Brad Mills. "The way he pitched to get out of that sixth inning. He really had
to battle and go through everything and he did."
Houston hasn't won since Norris' last outing, dropping its fourth straight
game on Tuesday with a 4-3 extra-inning decision at Philadelphia. The Astros
scored twice in the top of the ninth to force extra innings, but saw closer
Brett Myers give up a walk-off homer to Hunter Pence in the 10th.
Matt Downs notched a solo homer for the Astros and Jordan Lyles allowed three
runs -- one earned -- over six innings after getting recalled from the minors
to make the start.
"The guys came back and battled well," said Astros manager Brad Mills. "Lyles
threw the ball extremely well. He did a great job coming up here for this."
Two of Milwaukee's hitters who took Norris deep back in April factored into
the Brewers' 8-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday that halted a two-game slide.
Ishikawa homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs, while Weeks also
Zack Greinke struck out seven while allowing five hits and no walks through
seven scoreless innings to earn the win.
"My control has been good the last two starts," said Greinke. "The main key is
just not make a lot of mistakes and limit the hits to singles for the most
The Brewers give 35-year-old Randy Wolf the start tonight and he beat Norris
and the Astros on April 24, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks in
six frames of work. That improved his career record versus Houston to 9-5 with
a 2.98 ERA in 20 games.
Wolf is also coming off perhaps his best outing of the season on Friday versus
the Cubs, though he did not get a decision in his club's 8-7 victory in 13
innings. The southpaw allowed four hits and three walks over six scoreless
frames, striking out five.
Wolf is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in seven starts this season.
The Brewers had won 11 straight versus the Astros dating back to last season
before Houston won the finale of a three-game series at Milwaukee on April 25.
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