Brewers 7, Astros 3: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Road?

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 07: Clint Barmes #12 of the Houston Astros is tagged out by pitcher Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers after trying to steal third base in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on August 7, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Win: Zack Greinke (10-4)
Loss: Bud Norris (5-8)

HR: Fielder (26)

MVP: Zack Greinke (.181) and Prince Fielder (.181)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.064)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

OK, so this "road" might not be as treacherous as others (and certainly not as fraught with danger as the next one they'll be on), but a road sweep is a road sweep and the Brewers came out of Houston with three straight wins. 

The Brewers got off to a nice start, scoring two runs on a Prince Fielder home run, then scored two more in the third inning via RBI singles by Felipe Lopez and Mark Kotsay.  Then they score two more in the fifth, this time on a Yuniesky Betancourt single.  Finally, Yuni singled in Prince Fielder to give the Brewers their seventh and final run.

Betancourt somehow just keeps hitting and had a 3-5 day today, along with a double and the three RBI.  I keep trying to wrap my head around it, but my brain won't let me accept that Betancourt has been a (very) valuable hitter over an extended period of time.  Now if only the coaching staff could advise a change to how he plays defense.  Yuni also picked up the Brewers tenth hit today which, as SRB pointed out in the gamethread, ties the franchise record for most consecutive ten-hit games. 

Also contributing to that record today were Mark Kotsay (3-5, double, run, RBI), and Prince Fielder (3-4, BB, 2 RBI, 4 R, 2R HR).  Only two other Brewers even picked up a hit (Nyjer Morgan and Felipe Lopez).

Zack Greinke was all sorts of wonderful as he allowed just one hit through five innings and finished up with a line of  7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, and a meager 6 K.  And no home runs, which is great to see.  By my count, Greinke also made three fantastic defensive plays including knocking down a liner and throwing over to second to start a double play. 

The Brewers are heading over to St. Louis after a day off, so start getting your hate generators fired up.  They should still be primed after last week.  Pitching matchups are Marcum vs Jackson, Wolf vs TBA, and Gallardo vs. TBA.

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