Brett Myers has already set a Houston Astros franchise record by
completing at least six innings in 22 consecutive starts to begin
His worst one, however, came at Miller Park.
Undefeated since a loss at Milwaukee in late June, Myers will
look to win a fourth consecutive decision Saturday when the Astros
continue their series with the Brewers.
A remarkably consistent season recently earned Myers (8-6, 3.10
ERA) a two-year contract extension with Houston.
Not only has the right-hander pitched deep into games, but he’s
also almost always given the Astros a chance to win, holding
opponents to four runs or fewer in 21 of his 22 outings.
The lone exception came in Wisconsin on June 29, when Myers
allowed four home runs – including two by Prince Fielder – and
seven runs in six innings of a 7-5 defeat.
“It was different, wasn’t it?” Houston manager Brad Mills said
after that game. “The way he’s pitched all year, that was something
that we’ve come not to expect. It was a little bit surprising.”
Myers has quickly recovered, allowing a total of two homers in
six subsequent starts. He’s 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a .170 opponent
batting average in that stretch.
The Astros (47-61) held Milwaukee (51-59) to three total runs
while winning their next four games against the Brewers after
Myers’ loss. They appeared en route to a fifth consecutive victory
over their NL Central rivals Friday night, but closer Matt
Lindstrom blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and Milwaukee
won 6-5 on Fielder’s two-run walk-off hit.
“It’s always fun to win, especially like that,” Fielder said.
“You hope you don’t have to go that far to win, but every win is
The Brewers will have Randy Wolf (7-9, 4.91) on the mound as
they look for a fourth win in five games. They’ll have a good
chance if Wolf pitches like he has in his first two starts against
Houston this season.
The left-hander is 1-0 with a 0.69 versus the Astros in 2010,
pitching seven shutout innings in a 6-1 home win May 25. He was
just as sharp Sunday, working six shutout innings before he was
struck on the left wrist by Hunter Pence’s infield single to lead
off the seventh.
“I hate to see that happen and I hope he’s OK,” Pence said. “I
feel bad. He’s a friend of mine. You don’t ever want to see anyone
take one anywhere.”
Wolf left the game and the Brewers’ bullpen crumbled en route to
a 5-2 defeat, but an MRI revealed no damage and Wolf has proclaimed
himself ready to return Saturday.
He’ll face a Houston offense that has scored at least four runs
in nine consecutive games, although the Astros have lost two in a
row following a season-best seven-game winning streak.
Chris Johnson continued to be a major contributor Friday, with
two hits and an RBI. Houston’s rookie third baseman is batting .429
with 21 RBIs in 19 games since the All-Star break.