Porter impressed by Lyles' performance
Astros manager Bo Porter felt Jordan Lyles didn’t have his best stuff on Tuesday. Don’t tell that to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lyles pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the Astros’ 10-1 win over the Brewers at Minute Maid Park. Not that he needed it, but the 22-year-old Lyles got plenty of run support with a grand slam from Matt Dominguez and a three-run homer from Carlos Pena.
It’s the third straight start Lyles (4-1) went seven innings. Over the last three games the right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA. He’s held the opposition to three or fewer runs in nine of his 10 starts this season.
“He’s had some impressive outings,” said Porter. “I was even more impressed tonight with him being able to go seven innings. Just looking from the dugout it didn’t look like he had his best stuff.
“That’s a great example of the maturity that has taken place for Jordan Lyles being able to go seven innings and not really have his ‘A’ stuff. And able to make quality pitch after quality pitch and really just grind his way through seven innings. It was good to see.”
Lyles allowed only five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
“Overall I just made quality pitches,” said Lyles.
Perhaps Lyles’ biggest out came in the third inning when Milwaukee scored its only run to tie the game. The Brewers had the bases loaded with one out and Aramis Ramirez at the plate. Lyles struck out Ramirez, who has enjoyed successful at Minute Maid Park over the years, swinging for the second out.
“I got ahead of him, fastball away, I got him to chase late,” said Lyles. “I made a decent pitch and he swung over it. What’s helped out this year in tough situations is getting one good pitch here and getting out of a jam.”
Lyles got out of the inning by getting Jonathan Lucroy to ground out to third.
Juan Francisco, who came into the game hitting .210, had three of Milwaukee’s eight hits with two coming off Lyles. In his first at-bat, Francisco hit a shot to deep center that bounced once off of Tal’s Hill and hit the base of the flag pole, which is in play. On his second at-bat, the first baseman hit another shot, this one off the left-field scoreboard for a double.