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Game Thread #18: Brewers (8-9) at Astros (6-12)

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So, I don't know about you, but I'm pretty happy with this road trip so far. After losing their first two games in New York, the Brewers are 5-1, picked up their first series win of the season in Philadelphia, and today they will try to complete their first sweep in Houston.

Russ Ortiz takes the mound for the Astros today. He's playing for his fourth team since the start of the 2005 season, and has made just 21 starts over the last 3+ seasons, posting an ERA over 5 at every stop. This is his fifth appearance (third start) for the Astros, and he's 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA in 13.2 innings.

For the Brewers, Manny Parra gets another chance to turn around a tough start to the 2009 season. Parra is 0-3 with an 8.16 ERA in his first three starts. He's walked nine and given up 16 hits in just 14.1 innings, good for a 1.74 WHIP. He could make history today, but not in a good way: Only four Brewer pitchers have ever lost their first four appearances to start a season:

Pitcher Season Losses
Ben Hendrickson 2004 6
Jaime Navarro 2000 5
Bob McClure 1983 5
Wes Obermueller 2003 4
Manny Parra 2009 3

Five others (Dave Bush, Jim Abbott, Bill Wegman, Scott Karl and Marty Pattin) also lost their first three starts.

Sunday's Game Thread is now open.