Astros 4, Brewers 0

HOUSTON - MAY 17: Norichika Aoki #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers doubles in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 17, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

W: J.A. Happ (3-3)
L: Shaun Marcum (2-2)

HR: Jed Lowrie (5)

MVP: Nori Aoki (.156)
LVP: Marcum (-.170)

Win Expectancy Graph

I'm starting to feel as apathetic as the team is playing and lamented so in the game thread. Luckily, Nullact came to the rescue and wrote the recap for me:

"On a warm evening in Houston, two gunslingers faced each other in what was expected to be a fiery showdown. The crows went silent and a tumbleweed blew past. For three and a half innings, neither man blinked. Then in the bottom of the 4th, Marcum drew his pistol half way, it slipped out of his hand, and tumbled forward, discharging as it hit the horse trough, and in the rarest of events, the bullet went through Marcum and eight men in his posse, killing them all."

If only we could be so lucky....

For reals, though...

Marcum had issues in warm ups and it seemed like he might have some sort of tight muscle. There was a flurry of activity in the bullpen, but Marcum started, so apparently he convinced them he was ok. I'm assuming we'll get more information post-game.

I'd complain that the Brewers left 11 men on base, but the Astros left 12.

Brewers were shut out, Marcum gave up four runs in the fourth. The team looked listless and despondent. Brooks Conrad probably shouldn't be the starter at 1B.

It was an uninspiring series in Houston, best left forgotten. Back home and bring on the Twins!

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