Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less; 9/3/11
The Milwaukee Brewers continued their season long dominance over the Round Rock, er, Houston Astros with another 8-2 victory Saturday night.
Lefthander Chris Narveson, understandably rusty in making his first start in 11 days, nonetheless managed to grind through 5 innings on 93 pitches. He allowed the Astros only 2 runs on a 5th inning homer from former Brewer Carlos Lee. He managed to get out of a 2nd inning jam thanks to a fine running catch by Nyjer Morgan in deep right-center field followed by a bases loaded double play ball.
His counterpart from the Astros had no such excuse and was much worse. Bud Norris used 120 throws in giving up 5 Brewers runs before being lifted with one out in the 6th inning.
The Brewers scored in the first inning on a sequence that would have made Tom Trebelhorn proud. Leadoff hitter Morgan reached on an error when Lee dropped an easy throw to first. He then stole second, went to third on a passed ball and finally scored on a (Prince) Fielder’s choice. From there, the Brewers’ hitters took over. Manager (Runnin’) Ron Roenicke sat hot hitting right fielder Corey Hart in favor of stacking his lineup with left-handed hitters against Norris. That also meant that recently called up Taylor Green made his major league debut at third base. The moves paid off as the southpaws collectively accounted for 6 runs, 11 hits and all 8 runs batted in. You know the Brewers are in “Beast Mode” when venerable veteran Craig Counsell homers and backup catcher George Kottaras hits for the cycle. Green also collected his first major league double and RBI.
With the win, the Brewers maintained their 8.5 game lead in the NL Central division over the St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the afternoon. The Brewers will go for yet another series sweep over the ‘Stros on Sunday afternoon with the Brewers’ Shaun Marcum scheduled to face Houston’s Wandy Rodriquez.