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Thursday, May 17th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (16-21) at Houston Astros (16-21), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (2-1, 3.07)
Houston - J.A. Happ (2-3, 5.72)
(Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum gave his tired club a lift in his last start.
He'll look to give the Milwaukee Brewers another jolt this evening in the
second of two straight contests against the Houston Astros.
Marcum took the hill for the Brewers last Saturday following a 13-inning,
five-hour marathon with the Cubs the previous night and halted a five-game
winless streak (0-1). The right-hander logged his first victory since April 9
by holding Chicago to a run on three hits and two walks over seven frames,
striking out six.
"After last night, everyone was a little sluggish," said Marcum of Friday's
marathon -- which Milwaukee won -- that went just past midnight. The team's
were back at it again nearly 12 hours later. "I was sent home early last night
so I got my rest."
Marcum improved to 2-1 with a 3.07 earned run average in seven starts this
season and holds a lifetime mark of 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA in four outings versus
the Astros. However, that includes a no-decision for the 30-year-old on April
25 against Houston as he gave up four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits
and four walks over five frames.
J.A. Happ took the hill for the Astros on that day and will oppose Marcum
again tonight. The lefty also posted a no-decision, getting charged with four
runs over five innings. Happ yielded homers to Ryan Braun and Travis Ishikawa,
but also struck out eight.
In seven career games versus Milwaukee, including six starts, Happ is 2-2 with
a 6.25 ERA.
The 29-year-old is coming off his second straight loss on Saturday in
Pittsburgh. He was touched for five earned runs for a second consecutive
outing as well as six hits, two homers and a walk in five-plus innings of
work. Happ fell to 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA through seven starts.
Houston snapped a four-game losing streak with last night's 8-3 win, getting
seven innings of one-run ball from Bud Norris. He also struck out nine.
"I'm trying to pitch as deep into the ballgame as I can," Norris said. "Pitch
count for me isn't really a big factor. It depends on the feel inning after
inning. I felt fine and felt like I got stronger as the game went on."
Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs batted in, while
Jed Lowrie, Justin Maxwell, Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez all had an RBI in
Randy Wolf allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and three walks
in four innings to take the loss.
"They're not a bad hitting team, they have a lot of good young players," Wolf
said. "There's no excuse for me to not execute my pitches."
Corey Hart cracked a solo home run and Jonathan Lucroy ripped a pinch-hit two-
run triple for the Brewers, who have dropped three of their last four.
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.
05/17 10:46:57 ET