Still seeking his first win of the season and hoping to recover from an historic home run, Matt Kinney will take the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers as they resume a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Kinney, 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA through two starts, was reached for six runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings in Monday’s 7-5 loss at San Francisco. He also surrendered Barry Bonds’ 660th career homer, tying the Giants slugger with Willie Mays for third place on the all-time list.
“When I saw him swing I knew it wasn’t a good thing,” Kinney said about the fateful pitch.
Kinney walked four and struck out two, throwing just 49 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Brewers manager Ned Yost indicated that another poor outing by Kinney could drop him out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen.
“We’ll see,” Yost said. “If (Kinney) rebounds, then we’ll move 1/8 Wes Obermueller 3/8 . If he struggles, then we’ve got options.”
Houston hopes the right-hander will have a more solid outing than Jared Fernandez, who spot started for Pettitte on Monday. Fernandez was pulled after the first inning, when he allowed four runs. Duckworth pitched the next 3 2-3 innings, allowing just one run as the Astros rallied to beat the Cardinals 10-5.
The Astros won the series opener Friday behind Roy Oswalt’s second career shutout. Only one Brewers baserunner, Scott Podsednik in the fourth inning, advanced past first base as Oswalt pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10, leading the Astros to a 2-0 victory.
“That is the best that I’ve seen anyone pitch in a long time,” Yost said. “He would have beaten the ’27 Yankees tonight. He was unbeatable. I don’t think anyone could have beaten him tonight.”