It’s the conclusion of a short interleague set on the diamond down in the Lone Star State. The Milwaukee Brewers close out a two-game interleague series against the Houston Astros Wednesday night. Milwaukee swept a series over the weekend from the Pirates, prevailing 5-2 in the finale Sunday afternoon. Houston won the rubber game of their three-game set with the Orioles, taking a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup for Tuesday’s series opener saw Freddy Peralta take the mound for the Brewers against the Astros’ Brad Peacock. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 8:10 pm ET.
Milwaukee Brewers Look to Keep Momentum
Milwaukee won their fourth straight game as they rolled to the victory on Sunday afternoon to sweep the Pirates. The Brewers entered Tuesday’s action with a half-game edge over the Cubs in the NL Central race. Hernan Perez (two runs) led Milwaukee with three hits in the game while Mike Moustakas (his 20th) and Christian Yelich (his 24th) each homered in the triumph. Chase Anderson didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts over six innings. Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless eighth while Josh Hader worked around a walk to fan the side in the ninth for his 16th save.
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Brandon Woodruff is in line to get the call for his 14th start of the year for the Brewers in this contest. He comes in 8-1 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, 20 walks and 90 strikeouts over 74.1 innings of work this season. Woodruff picked up the win in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Pirates. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a game the Brewers won 10-4. Woodruff is 2-0 with a 5.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, three walks and 25 strikeouts over 18 innings in his last three starts. In his 41st career appearance and 26th career start, he pitches against the Astros for the first time. Woodruff pitches at Minute Maid Park for the first time in his career as a result.
Houston Astros Running Away With AL West Race
Houston won for the eighth time in 10 games as they picked up the victory over the Orioles in the rubber game of that set. The Astros entered Tuesday holding a hefty nine-game advantage over the Rangers in the AL West race. Houston got two hits from Josh Reddick (RBI) while Yordan Alvarez cracked his first career big league homer in his major league debut. Wade Miley (6-3) earned the win as he threw six scoreless innings: he allowed six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Roberto Osuna got the final out with two runners on to record his 17th save.
A day he'll remember forever.
Congrats, Yordan! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/UfDh3LNOyh
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 10, 2019
Justin Verlander takes the hill for his 14th start of the season as he faces his former team. He comes in 9-2 with a 2.31 ERA, a 0.737 WHIP, 19 walks and 110 strikeouts over 93.2 innings of work on the year. Verlander recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Thursday on the road against Seattle. He threw 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in an 8-7, 14 innings, Houston victory. Verlander is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, two walks and 21 strikeouts over 21.1 innings in his last three starts. He is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA, a 0.72 WHIP, seven walks and 20 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in two career starts against the Brewers. Verlander is 11-8 with a 2.64 ERA, a 0.861 WHIP, 37 walks and 268 strikeouts over 204.1 innings in 32 career starts at Minute Maid Park.
- Brewers are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a team with a winning record
- Brewers are 1-7 in their last 8 interleague road games
- Brewers are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League West
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record