Bud Norris Dominates, Carlos Lee Injured In 5-0 Astros Win

SB Nation Houston's coverage of the Astros-Brewers series from April 29th-31st, 2011

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Carlos Lee Hospitalized, CT Scan Shows No Fractures

In a very scary collision on Sunday against the Brewers, left fielder Carlos Lee was leveled by Angel Sanchez and was carted off the field. The good news for the Astros is that the injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as it was on the field. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, no rib fractures were found and contusions were the only result of the CT scans. Lee will be considered day-to-day.

Lee will still likely miss tonight’s game in Cincinnati against the Reds. Brian Bogusevic will likely get time in Lee’s absence. Jason Bourgeois is the other Astros outfielder who could see his share of time increase.

Lee had homered before the contusion, but has been off to every bit as slow of a start as the swan dive he took in 2010. He’s currently hitting .204/.248/.360 with three homers and 18 RBI. Lee has about $39 million left on his contract with the Astros and rumors are swirling that the Astros aren’t happy with him.

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Norris Pitches A Gem, Astros Take Series With 5-0 Win

Final Score: Houston 5, Milwaukee 0

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Carlos Lee belted a three-run homer in support of Houston starting pitcher Bud Norris, but wound up leaving Sunday's 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers following a violent collision with teammate Angel Sanchez in the seventh inning.

Lee collided with Sanchez in shallow left field while pursuing a ball hit by Milwaukee's Mark Kotsay. It appeared the Astros shortstop kneed Lee in the ribs. Lee remained down for several minutes before being removed from the field on a cart. He was then taken to a local hospital to have tests performed on his left ribcage.

Norris (2-1) limited the Brewers to three hits and three walks in 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander also recorded 11 strikeouts, three shy of his career high.

Jason Bourgeois collected two hits and scored a run for Houston, which took two straight after dropping Friday's series opener.

Chris Narveson (1-2) gave up four runs on seven hits and fanned seven over six full frames for the Brewers.

The Astros produced a run with three consecutive singles by Lee, Brett Wallace and Bill Hall to leadoff the second.

Lee put Houston up 4-0 in the sixth with a blast to the left field seats, scoring Bourgeois and Hunter Pence after they both singled.

Facing Norris with two outs and a runner on first in the seventh, Kotsay hit a fly ball that fell in for a double and left Lee in pain. Yuniesky Betancourt flied out to right field to end the threat when play resumed.

Houston scratched out an unearned run in the bottom of the frame.

Game Notes

Wallace has now hit safely in 10 straight games...Milwaukee's Ryan Braun went 0-for-3 to snap his hitting streak against Houston at 13 games.

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Bud Norris Goes For Houston In Rubber Game With Brewers

(Sports Network) - Chris Narveson tries to bounce back this afternoon from an awful effort his last time out when the Milwaukee Brewers wrap up a three- game set with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Narveson was hammered by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday for seven runs and eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings, dropping him to 1-1, while raising his earned run average more than two runs to 4.33.

The 29-year-old lefty, who became just the fifth pitcher in Brewers history to open a season with consecutive starts of at least six innings and no runs allowed, has faced the Astros five times (four starts) and is 0-1 against them with a 3.43 ERA.

Houston, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Bud Norris, who is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Norris did not get a decision on Tuesday against St. Louis, but pitched well, as he allowed three runs - all unearned - and seven hits in six innings of his team's 6-5 win.

Norris is 2-0 lifetime against the Brewers with a 3.09 ERA in four starts.

Houston won in thrilling fashion on Saturday, as Jason Bourgeois hit a two- out, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 2-1 victory.

Brandon Lyon (3-1) blew a save, but still earned the win when he allowed one run in one inning of relief as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kameron Loe (2-2) took the loss for the Brewers, who have lost five of their last nine.

Wandy Rodriguez blanked the Brewers through eight innings and allowed seven hits, no walks and struck out six.

"Wandy was absolutely outstanding. He was able to move everything around," Astros manager Brad Mills said of his starter. "He's going to start doing that as he moves along and gains confidence."

Rodriguez was denied a decision, though, when Lyon allowed a one-out, solo shot to right field by Prince Fielder in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game.

"When we get it tied up or get it close, I feel real good about our team. But we haven't been finishing games," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

The Brewers took two of three at home from the Astros last weekend and have won six of the past 10 meetings overall.

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Wandy Goes Eight Strong As Astros Win 2-1

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Bourgeois hit a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 2-1 victory over the Brewers in the second of a three-game series.

Brandon Lyon (3-1) blew a save, but still earned the win when he allowed one run in one inning of relief as Houston snapped its three-game losing streak.

Kameron Loe (2-2) took the loss for the Brewers, who have lost five of their last nine.

Wandy Rodriguez blanked the Brewers through eight innings and allowed seven hits, no walks and struck out six.

“Wandy was absolutely outstanding. He was able to move everything around,” Astros manager Brad Mills said of his starter. “He’s going to start doing that as he moves along and gains confidence.”

Rodriguez was denied a decision, though, when Lyon allowed a one-out, solo shot to right field by Prince Fielder in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game.

Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf pitched well himself, going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits and was denied a fourth straight win. He walked two and struck out four.

Loe entered the game in the ninth and got two quick outs before getting himself into trouble. He allowed back-to-back walks to pinch-hitter Brett Wallace and Michael Bourn. Bill Hall then came in to pinch run for Wallace, who is ailing from a hip pointer that he received from a collision with Fielder on Friday. Bourgeois followed with a sharp grounder through the left side of the infield to bring home Hall for the victory.

“When we get it tied up or get it close, I feel real good about our team. But we haven’t been finishing games,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Bourgeois scored from third on a throwing error by Yuniesky Betancourt in the first to give the Astros an early lead. Bourgeois hit a one-out single and then stole second and third before Hunter Pence hit a grounder that Betancourt threw well over Fielder’s head.

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Astros Move Aneury Rodriguez Into Rotation To Replace Nelson Figueroa

Five was enough.

After four abysmal outings mixed in with one decent one, the Astros have pulled the plug on Nelson Figueroa as the fifth starter. He heads to the bullpen with a 8.28 ERA, after allowing 37 hits in 25 innings. It was a nice story for Figueroa to finally break camp with a big league roster, but it’s clear that he just doesn’t have the stuff to work out of the rotation at this point in his career.

He’ll be replaced in the rotation by Rule V pick Aneury Rodriguez. After struggling to start the year, Rodriguez has turned in six outings where he hasn’t allowed more than a run out of the bullpen, four of them were scoreless. It’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Rodriguez given how poorly Figueroa was pitching, but he’ll have a chance to impress the brass as they wait to see when top prospect Jordan Lyles will be ready to get called up to the big leagues.

Rodriguez was 6-5 with a 3.7 ERA as a starter for the AAA Durham Bulls last season, striking out 94 in 113 2/3rd innings and allowing just 104 hits.

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Astros Try To Get Revenge On Wolf

(Sports Network) – Streaking lefty Randy Wolf goes for consecutive win No. 4 tonight when his Milwaukee Brewers visit Minute Maid Park for game two of a three-game series with the Houston Astros.

The Californian will try for a second straight Milwaukee mound gem, following up on Shaun Marcum’s seven scoreless innings in the Brewers’ 5-0 win on Friday.

Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun had a home run and two RBI apiece in the victory.

Marcum (3-1) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six to give the Brewers their sixth win in 10 games.

Brett Myers (1-1) went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning eight in Houston’s third straight loss.

A 34-year-old product of Pepperdine University, Wolf dropped decisions to Cincinnati and the Chicago Cubs in his initial two starts while allowing 19 hits and 12 runs in 10 innings. He’s bounced back with three straight victories, beating Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Astros while giving up a single run on nine hits in 20 2/3 innings.

His 4-1 defeat of Houston on Sunday lifted his career record against the Astros to 7-5 in 17 starts with a 3.27 earned run average.

The most recent win bumped Wolf’s career record to 117-99 in 318 games.

For Houston, lefty Wandy Rodriguez returns after he gave up 10 hits and four runs on the short end of the decision against Wolf and the Brewers. The 32- year-old Dominican did strike out nine batters, but dropped to 1-3 on the year to go along with a 5.40 ERA.

Rodriguez is 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 109 2/3 career innings against Milwaukee, striking out 96 batters and walking 44.

The Brewers took two of three at home from the Astros last weekend and have won six of the past nine meetings overall.

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Brewers Shut Down Astros In Barmes' Debut

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun had a home run and two RBI apiece to lead the Brewers over the Astros, 5-0, to begin a three- game series.

Shaun Marcum (3-1) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six to give the Brewers their sixth win in their last 10 games.

Brett Myers (1-1) went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning eight in Houston’s third straight loss.


Clint Barmes was 0-4 in his Astros’ debut. Brett Wallace left the game in a collision with Prince Fielder, and is day to day with a hip contusion. The Astros had only two hits in the game besides the two Wallace provided them before leaving.

The Astros will take on the Brewers again tomorrow night from Minute Maid Park. Randy Wolf (3-2, 2.64) will take the mound against Wandy Rodriguez (1-3, 5.40)

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Astros Send Myers To Face Marcum Again

Brett Myers gets his second crack at the Milwaukee Brewers in seven days tonight, when the Houston Astros begin a three-game weekend series with their NL Central rivals at Minute Maid Park.

Myers made the 13th appearance of his career against the Brewers on April 23 in Milwaukee, getting a no-decision after allowing 10 hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings of a game the Astros ultimately won, 9-6.

He has picked up four no-decisions in five starts this season, allowing three runs or less four times and pitching six innings or more in all five opportunities.

The right-hander established a standard for endurance in his first season with the Astros last year, pitching at least six innings in all but one of 33 starts. He is 5-3 with a save and two complete games in his career against the Brewers to go with a 3.49 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 67 innings.

Milwaukee counters with righty Shaun Marcum, who also walked away with no verdict in the matchup with Myers and the Astros on April 23.

The 29-year-old Marcum allowed seven hits and four runs with eight strikeouts in six innings -- his fourth straight start of six innings or more.

Marcum was removed after 4 2/3 innings of his season debut at Cincinnati on April 2, but responded with consecutive victories over Atlanta and Pittsburgh in which he allowed nine hits and two runs in 13 innings.

A veteran of five seasons and 120 appearances with the American League's Toronto Blue Jays, Marcum was acquired by the Brewers in a December 2010 trade that sent a minor-leaguer to Toronto.

The April 23 game was his first against Houston.

On Thursday in Houston, former Astro Lance Berkman went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI as St. Louis used a nine-run sixth inning to beat the Astros, 11-7.

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Chris Johnson added a two-run shot for the Astros, who have dropped five of their last seven. Carlos Lee added two hits and drove in a pair of runs in defeat.

Fernando Abad (1-2) took the loss and was charged with three hits and four runs while retiring just two batters.

On Wednesday in Milwaukee, Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Brewers, 7-6, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Carlos Gomez had two RBI for the Brewers, who went 3-3 on a six-game homestand. Yovani Gallardo gave up six runs on 10 hits over five-plus frames.

The Brewers took two of three at home from the Astros last weekend and have won six of the past nine meetings overall.

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