W- Marco Estrada (1-0) 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB
L- Edwin Jackson (0-2) 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 5 BB
S- Jimmy Henderson (1) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2K
It was hard deciding who to put as the articles headline picture; I was trying to decide between: Aoki, Braun, Maldonado, Estrada or Henderson, but at the end of the day it was an easy choice. Marco Estrada.
Estrada didn’t get much attention from Major League Baseball this offseason, after a solid 2012, Marco solidified himself as one of the top pitchers in the Brewers rotation. Amidst a 5-game losing streak, when his team needed him the most, he delivered. Estrada pitched seven complete innings allowing only two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking one. The lone slip by Marco was a two-run second inning home run off the bat of Welington Castillo.
Luckily for Estrada the Brewers offense already had five runs on the board at that time, most of that offense coming from Nori Aoki, Ryan Braun, and Martin Maldonado. Aoki went 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored and two walks, raising his batting average to .419 on the season. Braun, after missing three games, also went 3-for-4, as he scored a run and had an RBI in the game. Maldonado went 3-for-5 as he drove in a game-high three runs.
The game didn’t finish with out late inning drama however, the Brewers brought a 7-2 lead into the ninth inning as Bradon Kintzler took the mound. Kintzler let up three consecutive singles to begin the inning setting up a save situation for Jimmy Henderson. Henderson, who was named the team closer earlier in the day, let up a single to Luis Valbuena allowing the Cubs to cut the lead to 7-4. Jimmy then struck out Steve Clevenger for the first out in the inning, that was followed by a fielding error by Martin Maldonado allowing Scott Hairston to reach base and load the bases. Henderson came back to strike out Dave Sappelt and got Starlin Castro to fly out to deep right field to end the game.
Milwaukee ended up with 12 hits in the contest and a 7-4 victory ,as they snapped a 5-game losing streak.
Wily Peralta takes the mound tomorrow for the Crew as he faces off against Travis Wood, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 at Wrigley Field.
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