Brewers sweep Astros, get ready for series in St. Louis

6:44p The Brewers finished a sweep today, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier from here.

Brewers-Astros Wrap-Up

The Brewers completed a sweep of the Astros today, winning 7-3. Zack Greinke got his 10th win of the year, going seven innings while giving up one run one four hits. He struck out six and walked three. His Astros counterpart, Bud Norris, didn’t look as dominant as he usually he is against the Brewers. He went five innings while giving up six runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked one.

The Brewers once again jumped on the Astros in the first inning, when Prince Fielder hit another long home run to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. They also got two more runs in the third inning when Felipe Lopez and Mark Kotsay both hit RBI singles. Then, in the fifth inning, Yuniesky Betancourt stayed hot and got an RBI single as well.

The Astros finally broke through against Greinke in the sixth inning, when Jose Altuve hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-1. But, the Brewers immediately answered in the seventh inning, when Betancourt hit his second RBI single of the day.

The Astros scored two more runs in the seventh when Carlos Lee hit a two-run single off Marco Estrada, but that would be it for them.

Big series against St. Louis coming up next

After an off-day tomorrow, the Brewers will go to St. Louis for a crucial three-game series. Unfortunately, the Cardinals are coming off a four-game sweep of the Marlins. I was hoping the Marlins would win at least one game to give us a little more breathing room in the Central, but I guess they can’t even be counted on to do that.

Anyway, the Cardinals remain three games back in the Central, meaning if they sweep the Brewers at Busch Stadium, there’s going to be a tie atop the division again. I’m confident the Brewers won’t get swept, but you never know.

We’re also going to have to deal with the antics of the whiny Tony La Russa once again. Who knows what kind of crap he’s going to come up with to make the Brewers look bad this time around. During the last Cards-Brewers series, he had Jason Motte intentionally hit Ryan Braun with a pitch after Takashi Saito accidentally hit Albert Pujols. La Russa completely flipped out at a Milwaukee reporter after the game like the psychopath he is, but I heard the reporter on the radio the next day, and he put La Russa in his place.

Anyway, one more thing before I move on: the Cardinals were also whining that the Brewers were sign-stealing during the last series. They also claimed that sign-stealing is the reason the Brewers have had so much success at home this year. But, if we were sign-stealing, we would be undefeated at home, which we aren’t. So they can go whine about something else and make themselves look like idiots for the rest of the year, while the Brewers move on and try to win the division. I guess the Cardinals are failing to understand that whining and making up excuses about losing won’t win you a division in Major League Baseball, or in any other professional sport.

Also, yet another thing: if you’re a Brewers fan, you should go look at some of those Cardinals-biased blogs. They’re actually kind of entertaining to read. There’s one I go on occasionally that absolutely hates the Brewers this year, and the writer keeps saying stuff like “Brewers fans are the new Reds fans” or “The Cardinals are better than the Brewers.” Yeah, fat chance. We’re just sick of the fact that the Cardinals win the division every year.

Anyway, now that I’m done ranting about our annoying rivals from St. Louis, let’s move on.

Up next for the Crew…

I already explained this, but here’s the pitching matchup for the day after tomorrow. The Brewers will send Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.58 ERA) to the mound. He got knocked around his last time out against the Cards, giving up six runs in six innings, but he didn’t factor in the decision. Marcum is 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Cards.

The Cardinals will counter with a pitcher who got knocked around by the Brewers even more his last time out- Edwin Jackson (8-8, 4.11 ERA). He was tagged for ten runs in seven innings against the Crew last week. Jackson is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA against the Brewers in his career.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 7 11 0
Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 8 0

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 .324
Felipe Lopez, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .220
Ryan Braun, LF 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .326
Prince Fielder, 1B 4 4 3 2 1 0 1 .304
Mark Kotsay, RF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 5 0 3 3 0 0 2 .268
Craig Counsell, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .148
Jonathan Lucroy, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .283
Zack Greinke, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .214
a-Josh Wilson PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Total 36 7 11 7 3 4 15

a-Popped out for Greinke in the 8th.

BATTING

2B: Betancourt (19), Morgan (13), Kotsay (7).

HR: Fielder (26).

RBI: Fielder 2 (85), Lopez (11), Kotsay (21), Betancourt 3 (48).

Team RISP: 5-for-13.

Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Greinke-Betancourt-Fielder).

ilwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zack Greinke (W, 10-4) 7.0 4 1 1 3 6 0 4.21
Marco Estrada 0.2 3 2 2 0 2 0 4.80
Kameron Loe 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.05

WP: Greinke 2, Estrada, Loe.

Pitches-strikes: Greinke 101-64, Estrada 20-13, Loe 21-15.

Groundouts-flyouts: Greinke 6-2, Estrada 0-0, Loe 1-0.

Batters faced: Greinke 26, Estrada 5, Loe 5.

Inherited runners-scored: Loe 1-0.

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