9:03p The Trade Deadline is tomorrow at 3:00 CT, and all Brewer fans are excited to see if Doug Melvin will make anymore trades before then. But, we have other things to be excited about at this point, such as a five-game winning streak that the Brewers are on right now.
The Brewers defeated the Astros again today, 6-2. Early on, the offense appeared to be nearly non-existent, as it has been the past few games. But, the Brewers got to Astros starter J.A. Happ in the middle innings to hand him his 13th loss. Yovani Gallardo, meanwhile, got his 12th win of the season, and looked like the ace he’s supposed to be for the Brewers.
The Brewers didn’t waste any time getting on the board first, as Corey Hart hit a lead-off opposite field homer to start the game. They also scored in the third on Nyjer Morgan’s RBI single, but wouldn’t get anything else until a breakout fifth inning. They got three in that inning, including a sacrifice fly from Casey McGehee and a two-run double from Jonathan Lucroy.
The Astros finally got on the board in the sixth on Angel Sanchez’s RBI single, but it was unearned towards Gallardo because of a Yuniesky Betancourt throwing error earlier in the inning.
The Brewers tacked on one more insurance run in the seventh inning on Prince Fielder’s monster 475-foot homer off of Astros reliever Aneury Rodriguez. The Astros also added another run from J.D. Martinez’s RBI double off a rusty Marco Estrada.
Gallardo continued his dominance of the Astros, going seven innings and giving up one run (none earned) on four hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Estrada and Kameron Loe finished off the game and gave him his 12th win of the season.
Happ continues to struggle for Astros
Happ had yet another bad start today, going just five innings and giving up five runs (two earned) on 10 hits. He walked none and struck out six. It was also his seventh consecutive start where he gave up at least five runs.
Hairston in Milwaukee, already on active roster
Jerry Hairston Jr., who was acquired in a trade with the Nationals earlier today, arrived in Milwaukee during the game with the Astros. He wasn’t available today, but is already on the active 25-man roster, so he’ll be available tomorrow.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers have already taken the series from the Astros, but have a chance to sweep them tomorrow. Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.41 ERA) will take the mound for the Crew and will look to give them their sixth consecutive win. Narveson has yet to get a win against the Astros, as he’s 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA in his career against them.
The Astros will counter with another starter who has really disappointed them this year in Brett Myers (3-11, 4.66 ERA). In his career, Myers is 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA against the Brewers.
Elsewhere around the division…
- The Cardinals flat-out destroyed the Cubs, 13-5, despite the fact the Cubs got to an early 5-0 lead. They always find some way to lose, though… Anyway, the Cards are 1.5 games back, while the Cubs are 16.5 back.
- The Pirates lost to the Phillies, 7-4. (It was Hunter Pence’s Phils debut, by the way, but he didn’t do anything). The Pirates are now 3.5 games back and continue to fall in the standings.
- The Reds defeated the Giants, 7-2. They remain 6.5 games back.
|Corey Hart, RF||5||1||4||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||4||.323|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||.320|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||2||3||1||0||0||2||.291|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||6||.219|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.230|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||3||2||0||1||0||.285|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.245|
|a-Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.247|
a-Grounded out for Estrada in the 8th.
2B: Gallardo (3), Lucroy (10).
HR: Hart (14), Fielder (24).
RBI: Hart (34), Morgan (24), McGehee (43), Lucroy 2 (41), Fielder (75).
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Betancourt (13, throw).
|Yovani Gallardo (W, 12-7)||7.0||4||1||0||0||7||0||3.69|
Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 111-78, Estrada 27-16, Loe 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 6-5, Estrada 0-2, Loe 3-0.
Batters faced: Gallardo 25, Estrada 5, Loe 4.