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Brewers 8, Astros 2: This Lane for Cycles Only

Win: Chris Narveson (10-6)
Loss: Bud Norris (6-9)

HR: Kottaras (4), Counsell (1), Lee (14)

MVP:  Kottaras (.173)
LVP:  Hairston (-.032)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

With Bud Norris being terrible against lefties, Ron Roenicke decided to play a whole bunch of southpaws.  That meant that Taylor Green got his first major league start at third base, Craig Counsell got the start at shortstop, and George Kottaras started at catcher on a non-Randy Wolf day.

You could say those moves worked out okay.

Green hit the ball hard all night, going 2-5 with a double, a run, and his first RBI.  He hit a couple more line drives right at fielders. 

Craig Counsell hit his first homerun of the season, a two run shot to right field.  Counsell hadn't homered since September 22 of last season.

But the piece de resistance was George Kottaras' day.  His first at bat was nothing remarkable as he flew out.  His second at bat, he hit a homer.  His third at bat, he tripled to lead off the sixth inning.  He got another at bat the very next inning and shot a grounder into the outfield for a single.  Something special seemed afoot.  With 3/4 of the cycle completed, the Grecian Sensation came up one last time in the ninth inning.  He hit a long fly ball to center right field.  Astros' centerfielder Jason Bourgeois tracked it and nearly ran it down, but it went over his head and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double--completing the seventh cycle in Brewers history.

Kottaras now joins the company of esteemed colleagues Mike Hegan, Charlie Moore, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Chad Moeller and Jody Gerut in Milwaukee Brewers lore. 

Oh, and Chris Narveson pitched fine.