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Series Preview #35: Brewer Pitchers' Best Games Against The Astros




57-49 (1st place, NL Central)
35-70 (6th place, NL Central)

GAME 1: July 29, 2011 @ 7:10 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

: July 30, 2011 @ 6:10 p.m. CDT

(TV: WMLW; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

GAME 3: July 31, 2011 @ 1:10 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin and Telemundo; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

Miller Park   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

SBN Coverage: Astros vs Brewers coverage

A View from the Other Dugout: The Crawfish Boxes

Game 1 Randy Wolf (6-8, 3.62)
vs. Jordan Lyles (0-5, 4.55)
vs. Astros (1-0, 1.20) vs. Brewers (0-0, ---)
Game 2 Yovani Gallardo (11-7, 3.89) vs. J.A. Happ (4-12, 6.12)
vs. Astros (1-0, 6.00) vs. Brewers (0-1, 5.14)
Game 3  Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.41) vs. Brett Myers (3-11, 4.66)
vs. Astros (0-1, 6.00) vs. Brewers (0-0, 0.00)



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This is the third meeting between these two teams, so it's time to look at Brewer pitchers' best performances against the Astros.

5. Paul Rigdon, April 10, 2001: +.448 WPA

Rigdon has already been mentioned here once today: He was the starting pitcher on Bob Wickman All Star Poster Night. This game was a more positive experience...but ended with a similar result.

Rigdon kept the Astros quiet for seven innings, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out a season-high six. Unfortunately, the Brewers couldn't push any runs across against Jose Lima and lost 3-0 when the Astros scored all their runs in the ninth against Curtis Leskanic. Jose Lima pitched eight shutout innings in his final win as an Astro.

Follow the jump for happier memories.

4, Doug Davis, September 24, 2004: +.450 WPA

Actually, I was lying about the happier memories. This one is another tough luck loss.

Like Rigdon, Davis pitched seven shutout innings in this game. He allowed just five hits and two walks, striking out eight. Also like Rigdon, though, he got no support. This game went into the tenth inning before Mike Adams allowed the game's only run to score on a Craig Biggio sac fly.

3. Dave Bush, August 30, 2006: +.457 WPA

Strangely enough, this one was a loss too.

This will sound familiar: Bush pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four, but the Brewers failed to support him (Roger Clemens pitched seven scoreless innings too). This time it was Jose Capellan giving up the lone run in the ninth inning of an Astros walkoff victory.

2. Doug Davis, May 27, 2005: +.468 WPA

And finally, a win.

Just like the three games listed above this was a seven inning shutout performance for Davis, allowing two hits and five walks while striking out seven. This time, however, the Brewers gave him some run support: They scored one time in the first inning on a Lyle Overbay groundout against Roy Oswalt.

Given that one run (and two more in the eighth), Davis, Jorge de la Rosa and Derrick Turnbow held on for the victory.

1. Ben Sheets, August 20, 2005: +.528 WPA

A few months after Davis' best game, Ben Sheets one-upped him. Facing the Astros at Minute Maid Park, he pitched one of his 18 career complete games and brought home a 3-2 Brewer victory.

He allowed two runs on eight hits in the game, walking none and striking out eight. The Brewers scored the winning run in the seventh on a Geoff Jenkins home run and Sheets took it from there, needing just ten batters to get the final nine outs.

Unfortunately, in August Sheets' 2005 season was already almost over. He made one more start against the Braves before being shut down for the rest of the year.