A Back-to-back solid pitching performance from Marco Estrada leads to a Brewers win in game two over the Chicago Cubs. Estrada picked up his second win in the Brewers 5-3 win Saturday.
From the first inning on, Estrada was spot on. After a two strikeout first inning, momentum seemed to be going the Brewers way. However, in the bottom of the inning that momentum seemed to go away. With Ryan Braun warming up on the top steps of the dugout, Jean Segura was standing behind Braun and took a stretching swing near the eye from Braun’s bat. Segura hit the floor and was in pain causing him to exit the game. According to Manager Ron Roenicke after the game, Segura needed plastic Surgery done and has no fracture or concussion.
Manager Ron Roenicke
With Segura out, Jeff Bianchi took over shortstop duties and played a huge factor in the win. Bianchi batted second in the first inning and singled to center advancing Gomez to second who had a leadoff walk. Gomez eventually came home to score on a sacrifice fly from Aramis Ramirez giving the Brewers the early lead 1-0.
Coming out for the second inning, the injury to Segura did not affect Estrada who managed to retire the first nine batters he faced.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Brewers added to their lead when Bianchi recorded his second hit of the game scoring two runs making the score 3-0. The Cubs got on the scoreboard in the fourth on a solo home run to cut lead to 3-1. In the following inning, Carlos Gomez reached on a bases loaded fielder’s choice that scored Mark Reynolds.
The score remained 4-1 Brewers until the sixth inning when the Brewers added their final run on a solo home run to left field by Khris Davis that measured 404ft.
With Estrada cruising through the Cubs lineup and controlling a low pitch count, the Cubs made a comeback in the eighth inning when Wellington Castillo hit a two-run home run making the score 5-3. After a strikeout by Estrada, Roenicke pulled his starter for Will Smith who got the last out of the eighth.
Estrada finished going 7 2/3 innings, surrendered four hits and three runs, but struck out nine batters for another quality start by a Brewers starter.
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After a one-two-three bottom of the eighth, Francisco Rodriquez came on and pitched a scoreless ninth for his eleventh consecutive save. It was save 315 for K-Rods career passing Rob Nen for sole possession of 18th place all-time.
The Brewers will look to sweep the series Sunday, When Wily Peralta will face-off against Jason Hammel. Both pitchers are three game winners. Sunday is also Carlos Gomez Bobblehead day.