Myers Pitches Well, Tribe Drops 5th Straight to Astros 3-2 – STEPHEN PARSONS

By:  Stephen Parsons

Brett Myers

Brett Myers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brett Myers pitching for the Cleveland Indians hasn’t worked out well in the Win Loss column thus far in 2013.  It didn’t improve last night in Houston as the Tribe fell to the Astros 3-2 behind a quality start by veteran Brett Myers.

Myers faced off against his former team the Houston Astros Friday night.  In the Bottom of the 2nd inning, he walked slugger Carlos Pena.  Then JD Martinez hit an opposite field home run over the right field wall, making it an early 2-0 Astros lead.

After the Martinez home run, former pitcher Rick Ankiel, took a full count over the right field wall giving Houston an early 3-0 lead.  Back-to-back home runs makes it 10 home runs allowed by Myers in just his 4th appearance.

Lucas Harrell, who has had a rough first 3 starts, got off to a great start against Cleveland.  In his first 3 starts he pitched for 16 innings allowing 1o home runs on 19 hits allowing 4 home runs.  He got the early lead Friday night, and didn’t allow a run until the 4th inning.

After walking Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall pulled a 92 mph pitch over the right field wall inside the foul poll to make it a 3-2 Astros lead.

Outside of that home run Harrell did not break.  He pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks, striking out 4 Cleveland hitters.

The Houston bullpen did a fantastic job silencing the Indians bats.  The bullpen pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs allowed.  Former Cleveland Indian Hector Ambriz pitched the 8th inning getting a hold.

Lucas Harrell was the winner he is now 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA this season.  Brett Myers takes the loss, he is now 0-3 with a 8.02 ERA.  Jose Veras notched his first save of the season.

Time of the game was 2 hours and 58 minutes.  Attendance in Houston was 17,241.

My Thoughts:

Tough break for Brett Myers, 2nd straight quality start, unfortunately there was no run support for a 2nd straight start.  10 home runs allowed in only 4 appearances has to be a concern, however he is getting better.  Going forward, the Indians need Myers to go 6 innings plus to help the bullpen out.

Houston is a team that Indians cannot afford to lose a series to.  The next two games are the most important games of the season thus far.  Do not want to fall too far behind with 7 road games against AL Central opponents following this series in Houston.

Coming Up Next:

Scott Kazmir makes his Indians debut Saturday night when he faces off against former White Sox hurler, Phil Humber who is 0-3 with a 2.89 ERA this season.  First pitch is at 7:10 PM at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

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