National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 6th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (38-44) at Houston Astros (32-51), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.87)
Houston - J.A. Happ (6-8, 4.81)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Yovani Gallardo can continue a stellar
career's worth of work against the Houston Astros tonight when the Milwaukee
Brewers visit them in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Gallardo, a 26-year-old chosen in the second round by the Brewers in the
2004 draft, has won 10 of 12 decisions against Houston while allowing the
Astros just a .232 combined batting average across 80 innings of work.
He faced them twice in a week-long stretch midway through last season and
emerged with two wins, allowing eight hits and two runs in 15 innings while
winning, 6-2 and 8-1, on July 30 and Aug. 5, respectively.
He earned his most recent victory of 2012 on June 20 against interleague foe
Toronto, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings of an
8-3 triumph in Milwaukee.
In two starts since, a loss at Cincinnati and a no-decision against Arizona,
he's given up seven hits and two runs in 12 2/3 innings.
On Thursday in Milwaukee, Carlos Lee went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his
Marlins debut, Mark Buehrle tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Miami took down
the Brewers, 4-0, in the finale of a four-game series.
Mike Fiers (3-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings for the
Brewers, who went 4-3 on a seven-game homestand. The right-hander, who struck
out nine, had tossed 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings coming into
"I knew it was going to be a low-scoring game," Fiers said. "I tried to keep
it as close as possible."
In Pittsburgh, Jeff Karstens pitched eight shutout innings and the Pirates
completed a four-game sweep of the Astros with a 2-0 victory.
They also sent the Astros to their eighth loss in a row overall and 10th
straight on the road. It's Houston's first 10-game skid on the road since an
11-game losing streak from April 16-May 8, 2005.
Bud Norris (5-6) gave up five hits and the two runs over seven innings. He
also had six strikeouts, but dropped his fifth consecutive start.
The Astros try to stop the bleeding with righty J.A. Happ, who was an
impressive winner over the Brewers the last time the teams met.
The 29-year-old Illinois native allowed seven hits over six scoreless innings
in a 4-0 triumph on May 17 in Houston, walking a batter and striking out three
for a victory that lifted him to 3-3 in the season.
He won his next start to inch above .500, but dropped five of the next seven,
including a 3-2 verdict against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in his last
outing on June 30.
Happ, who is 3-2 lifetime against Milwaukee, is 6-4 in 10 home starts this
The Astros have won three of five meetings between the teams in 2012,
including a sweep of a two-game set at Houston on May 16-17. The Astros
dropped the season series, 12-3, last year and last won it in 2010 when they
took eight of 15 games.
07/06 10:41:34 ET