The Astros have shipped off Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman in the last 36 hours, but they still dominated the Brewers tonight.
MVP: Rickie Weeks (+.071)
LVP: Manny Parra (-.182)
If you skipped tonight's game, congratulations. You made the right decision.
The Brewers were unable to get anything going against J.A. Happ and the Astros connected for two home runs off of Manny Parra to account for nearly all of the Astros' offense. Coming into tonight's game, the Astros were last in the NL in home runs. When you throw them pitches like this one (the 2-0 fastball that Chris Johnson turned into a three-run shot), though, most major league hitters can still hit it out. David Riske joined the fun by allowing a solo shot to Jeff Keppinger in the eighth.
All told, Parra allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work, striking out six. His line actually would have looked significantly worse if not for great defensive plays by Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks. One of the relievers to follow Parra to the mound was LaTroy Hawkins, who allowed a leadoff double but nothing else in the seventh inning.
At the plate, the Brewers were only able to get two hits off J.A. Happ over his six innings (and four overall), and one of them was a double to lead off the game by Rickie Weeks. Corey Hart went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game back in the lineup, and Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun were also held hitless. Casey McGehee had the Brewers' lone 2-hit night.