National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, August 6th
(All times eastern)
Washington Nationals (65-43) at Houston Astros (36-73), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57)
Houston - Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.77)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Edwin Jackson aims to erase an ugly result
from his third start of the season tonight when the Washington Nationals head
to Minute Maid Park to open a four-game series with the Houston Astros.
Jackson, who was born in 1983 in the former West Germany, was an 11-4 loser to
the Astros when the teams met on April 19 in Washington.
Houston tagged him for five runs on seven hits in just five innings while
scoring its lone win in six meetings.
Jackson is 2-1 with a 4.55 earned run average in 29 2/3 innings against the
He improved to 6-6 on the season with an 8-2 win at Milwaukee on July 26, but
dropped back below .500 with a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia in his most recent
start on Aug. 1.
In that game, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jackson allowed three runs on eight hits
in 5 2/3 innings.
He's opposed by rookie southpaw Dallas Keuchel, who's been shelled in four
straight outings after going 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his first three starts.
A complete-game winner over Cleveland in his second big-league outing on June
23, Keuchel went on to toss six innings of one-run ball against San Diego five
days later before being tagged for four runs in a 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh on
He allowed seven, five and seven runs over 13 1/3 innings in three more starts
in July, swelling his ERA to 5.77 in a composite 39 innings since his debut on
Keuchel has never faced the Nationals.
On Sunday in Washington, Stephen Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings as the
Nationals dropped the Miami Marlins, 4-1, in the finale of a four-game series
at Nationals Park.
Strasburg (12-5) bounced back nicely after a subpar outing against
Philadelphia on July 31 in which he allowed six runs on eight hits over four
This time out, he scattered three hits and fanned six with one walk in the
win. The big righty also came up with a two-run single at the plate, helping
the Nationals to their fourth win in five tries.
"I think I'm still learning how to pitch and call a game," Strasburg said.
"(Sunday) was a big step forward for me in the process, but there's still a
long way to go."
Adam LaRoche went 2-for-3 with a two-run single and Bryce Harper added a pair
of hits in the victory.
Washington leads Atlanta by three games in the National League East.
In Atlanta, David Ross hit a solo homer, Paul Janish added a two-run single
and the Braves downed the Astros, 6-1, in the rubber match of a three-game
Houston's Bud Norris (5-9), who has dropped eight straight decisions, was
charged with four runs on seven hits - including Ross' solo shot in the second
- with three walks and seven strikeouts over six frames.
"I felt good," said Norris. "All the ground balls got through. I got nothing I
can do there. I'm making pitches, unfortunately they didn't go my way."
The Nationals took three of four games from the Astros when the teams last met
in Washington back in April.
They've split season series for three straight years since Houston won, four
games to two, in 2008.
08/06 10:51:30 ET