Today’s game had the same score as the one last night, but there was a much different storyline behind it.
The Brewers crushed the Astros today, 8-2. The score was the same as last night, obviously, but the Brewers never trailed during this game. And, the offense came from some unlikely sources.
The main story was George Kottaras hitting for the cycle. It was the seventh cycle in Brewers history, and the third time it was done by a Brewers catcher. Kottaras went 4-for-5 and hit his home run in the fourth inning, his triple in the sixth inning, his single in the seventh inning, and his double in the ninth inning. Luckily, his double was a ground-rule double, otherwise he probably would have gotten another triple because of the weird hill in center field at Minute Maid Park (I’ve never understood that thing).
Anyway, Kottaras wasn’t the only story of the night for the Brewers. Taylor Green got his first Major League start, and responded by going 2-for-5 and getting his first career RBI on a double in the seventh inning. Craig Counsell also got his first home run since September of 2010, which was a two-run shot to right field. Lastly, Prince Fielder extended his league-leading RBI total to 107.
Chris Narveson made his first start in 11 days, and got his 10th win of the season, but it didn’t come easy. He struggled with his command most of the night, as he threw just 51 of his 93 pitches for strikes. But you’d expect Narveson to be a little off, since he was also injured for awhile during those 11 days. Anyway, he went five innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out four.
The September call-ups made a few more appearances today. As I said earlier, Green went 2-for-5 with a RBI double, but the other two call-ups made appearances as well. Logan Schafer got his first career at-bat, but struck out on three pitches and didn’t look very good. But, he probably had some nerves to shake off because it was his first career AB. Anyway, catcher Martin Maldanado also made an appearance, catching for Frankie De La Cruz in the ninth inning. Maldanado hasn’t gotten an AB yet, but, he hit .321 in the Minors this year, so he could be an offensive threat.
The Brewers will go for a sweep of the Astros tomorrow at 1:10 PM CT. Shaun Marcum (11-5, 3.24 ERA) will go for the Brewers, and hopefully he’ll be given some run support this time around. He’s given up a total of two earned runs over his last two starts, yet he has taken the loss in both of them. Marcum is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
The Astros will counter with who has arguably been their best pitcher this year- Wandy Rodriguez (10-9, 3.43 ERA). Wandy has been the only Astros starter to overcome the awful run support, and is their only starter with a winning record. Wandy is 7-7 with a 3.75 ERA in his career against the Brewers.