National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (4-8) at Washington Nationals (10-3), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Bud Norris (0-0, 3.46)
Washington - Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.57)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Edwin Jackson aims to follow up his fifth
career complete game with another gem tonight, when the Washington Nationals
aim for a sweep of the Houston Astros in the finale of their four-game series
at Nationals Park.
Jackson, a 28-year-old, had four complete games through 174 big-league starts
prior to April 14, when he allowed a run on two hits over the nine-inning
distance while defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1.
He had walked away with a no-decision in his lone previous 2012 outing,
scattering four hits and giving up three runs in five innings of the
Nationals' 4-3 loss against the New York Mets on April 8.
Jackson reached double-digit wins for the fourth consecutive season with two
teams in 2011, splitting between the Chicago White Sox (7-7) and St. Louis
Cardinals (5-2) to wind up 12-9 overall in 32 appearances.
He won 14 games with Tampa Bay in 2008, 13 with Detroit in 2009 and 10 while
splitting time with Arizona and the White Sox in 2010.
He is 2-0 in five career meetings - four starts - with the Astros while
posting a 3.65 earned run average across 24 2/3 innings.
Houston counters with 27-year-old righty Bud Norris, who'll also make his
third start of the season while seeking win No. 1.
The Californian has allowed 10 hits and five earned runs across 13 innings in
2012 meetings with Colorado and Miami, but nonetheless wound up with no-
decisions in games the Astros won 3-2 and 5-4, respectively.
Norris won his lone decision in two starts against Washington with a 2.63 ERA
in 13 2/3 innings.
On Wednesday, Wilson Ramos' sacrifice fly in the eighth inning was the
difference as the Nationals topped the Astros, 3-2.
Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina knocked in the other runs for Washington,
which improved to 10-3 on the season.
Ryan Mattheus (2-0) earned the win despite allowing a run in an inning of
relief, while Henry Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his
third save of the year.
Jordan Schafer had two hits and an RBI in the Astros' fourth straight loss and
their seventh in the last eight games.
Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up two runs in 1/3 inning
The Astros and Nats split their six meetings last season, with each team
winning twice at home.
04/19 10:33:25 ET