The best thing about the Milwaukee Brewers' just-completed four-game road trip?

The fact that it wasn't six games, because there would have been no telling how much worse things could have gone.

It's been that kind of season for the Brewers, who on Thursday night suffered the indignity of being shut out by the Houston Astros, 4-0, at Minute Maid Park.

Milwaukee managed eight hits in being shut out for the first time since May 2 and the fourth time in 38 games. Seven of those came off left-hander J.A. Happ, who pitched nothing like his 2-3 record and 5.72 earned-run average coming in would have indicated.