Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder continue to give the Houston
Astros plenty of problems this year. Brett Myers knows all about
what they can do.
Myers has lost his last five decisions as he gets ready to face
the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight weekend and fourth
time in 2011 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Milwaukee (63-50) cruised to its ninth win in 10 games, 8-1 on
Friday to open this three-game set. Braun went 3 for 4 and Fielder
added a double and a run as the Brewers built a 6-1 lead after
three innings, helping Yovani Gallardo earn his 13th victory.
The Brewers maintained their three-game NL Central lead over St.
“We’re in a place where we’re playing the type of ball I know we
can play and we’re consistently doing it,” manager Ron Roenicke
said. “That’s what we’ve been trying to get to.”
Milwaukee is 7-3 against Houston (37-75) after sweeping three at
home last weekend. Fielder is 16 for 40 with three homers, eight
RBIs and 12 runs scored in the season series while Braun is 15 for
40 with three homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs.
They have both had success against Myers (3-11, 4.65 ERA) this
year, with Fielder going 6 for 8 with a homer – one of his four off
the right-hander – and Braun 3 for 10 with two homers.
Neither went deep Sunday as Myers allowed four runs over six
innings and did not get a decision in a 5-4 loss. He’s 0-5 with a
4.67 ERA over his last seven outings, and he’s 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA
in three 2011 starts against Milwaukee.
He’ll be opposed again by Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.39), who also
failed to receive a decision after yielding three runs over 6 2-3
innings Sunday. Narveson is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in six career
starts against the Astros, going 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA in two this
Carlos Lee and Jason Bourgeois are each 2 for 6 with a homer
against the left-hander this year. The major league-worst Astros
are a respectable 16-17 against left-handed starters compared to
21-58 against right-handers.
Narveson is 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA in 11 road starts.
The Brewers finished with 11 hits Friday, giving them at least
10 in seven consecutive games. Casey McGehee had a two-run single
in the first inning, and he’s got seven RBIs in his last two
One of Milwaukee’s hits was by Craig Counsell, whose pinch-hit
single in the ninth ended his 0-for-45 streak that was one shy of
the longest by a non-pitcher, set by Brooklyn’s Bill Bergen in
“It was almost like I’d been throwing a no-hitter and nobody
would talk to me about it,” Counsell said. “It’s a relief just to
do something right. It was just one hit but it meant something to
Lee had one of the Astros’ four hits Friday, but he’s 5 for 39
(.128) against the Brewers this year.