It’s safe to say they’re less thrilled with the outcome of the series opener.
After missing a chance to pull into a first-place tie in the NL Central and suffering their first loss in nearly two weeks, the Brewers look to bounce back as they continue their three-game series against the Astros on Saturday night at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (59-44) won eight straight games from July 13-24, a streak that included a perfect 7-0 mark in the club’s first road trip of the season’s second half. The Brewers hadn’t put together a winning streak that long since a 10-game run Aug. 19-28, 2003.
The last-place Astros (47-55) had lost four straight games entering this season. Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez, however, held Milwaukee to one run and three hits in six innings of the Astros’ 3-1 victory.
Milwaukee stranded seven baserunners, went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position and remained one game behind the front-running Chicago Cubs in the Central. Over their last three games, the Brewers are 1-for-29 in RBI situations.
“Every day is different. It doesn’t mean anything,” Brewers manager Ned Yost told the team’s official Web site. “…We could turn around tomorrow and get nine (hits with runners in scoring position). It’s a day-to-day thing. It’s not concerning.”
The Astros, meanwhile, capitalized on their opportunities Friday, going 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
“Our intensity was good tonight,” Astros manager Cecil Cooper told the team’s official Web site. “If we can get that every night, we’re going to be pretty doggone good. We’re not going to give up, no matter what happens to us. We are going to keep fighting right until the end.”
The Astros may need plenty of fight to get to Brewers starter Dave Bush (5-8, 4.39 ERA) on Saturday. The right-hander has held opponents to one run in four of his last five starts, going 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA in that stretch.
Bush struck out a career-high 13 batters while limiting Colorado to one run and three hits in eight innings of his last start - an 11-1 victory July 10. He retired 23 of the last 24 batters he faced while improving to 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA in nine home outings.
“I’ve always been better at home throughout my career, for whatever the reason,” said Bush, who has a 3.70 career ERA at home compared to his 5.42 mark on the road. “I wish I knew the answer. I’d take it on the road with me.”
Bush is 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 11 career games against Houston, nine of them starts.
The Astros counter with Brandon Backe (6-10, 4.79), who had a 10-inning scoreless streak snapped Sunday. The right-hander gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-0 loss to the Cubs.
Backe is 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA in nine career games - six starts - against the Brewers.