National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (6-11) at Milwaukee Brewers (8-9), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Bud Norris (1-0, 4.26)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (0-2, 8.80)
(Sports Network) - Everything seems to go right for the Brewers when they meet
up with the National League Central-rival Astros.
Milwaukee tries to extend its series winning streak over Houston to 11
consecutive games this evening in the second of three straight meetings at
The Brewers went into last night's opener having dropped three of their last
four, but they got back into the win column with a 6-5 victory. Reigning NL
MVP Ryan Braun had three hits, including his third homer of the season, and
Aramis Ramirez drove in just his second run in 11 games.
Milwaukee's bullpen nearly gave up the lead when it allowed Houston to score
three times in the seventh frame, but held on to give starter Zack Greinke the
win. Greinke struck out nine over six innings of two-run ball, improving to
13-0 in 18 regular season home starts at Miller Park. Milwaukee has won all 18
of those games.
"Zack was good again. He was a little bit off on his command, but threw some
great pitches," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his starter. "Another
really good performance from him."
Milwaukee has won 10 in a row over Houston since its last loss in this series
on May 1, 2011, as well as five straight and nine of the past 10 encounters at
Miller Park overall.
The Brewers hope that the good luck continues tonight for Randy Wolf, who has
struggled to an 0-2 record and 8.80 earned run average through his first three
starts of the season.
Wolf escaped without a decision in Atlanta on April 13 despite allowing eight
runs over 4 1/3 innings, and though the left-hander showed some improvement on
Thursday against the visiting Dodgers, he suffered a 4-3 loss. Wolf was
charged with four runs over six innings in that outing.
Wolf, 35, is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 versus the Astros.
Wolf will try to slow down Houston's Jordan Schafer, who went 2-for-5 on
Monday and has reached base safely in all 17 games this season. That is the
longest stretch by an Astro to start the season since Craig Biggio's 17-game
streak in 2000.
Brian Bogusevic drove in three runs and Jed Lowrie went 2-for-5 with a solo
homer for the Astros, who were coming off a 12-0 win over the Dodgers but lost
for the seventh time in nine games.
Lucas Harrell (1-1) surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks over
five innings to take the loss, Houston's fifth by one run this season.
"The guys battled well and got us right back in the game," Astros manager Brad
Mills said. "It [the big hit] is coming."
Houston's Bud Norris tries to avoid picking up his first loss of the season
The right-hander did not get a decision over his first two starts of the
season, then beat the Nationals on Thursday despite giving up season highs
with four earned runs and 10 hits over six innings. Norris, though, got plenty
of offense in an 11-4 win and even drove in two runs at the plate himself.
"It felt nice," the 27-year-old Norris said, laughing. "It fell in there and
scored two, another big inning for us, and that's always nice."
Norris is 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in seven career starts versus the Brewers.
04/24 10:43:18 ET