Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 8/23/11
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4, bouncing back in a big way from last night’s stinging defeat.
The Brewers, having to face losing to the Pirates for the first time all year, took it as any normal loss. They used it as motivation, a bit of a humbling effect, and went out and just took care of business. Milwaukee put up 17 total hits, with 7 of them coming in a 7-run 2nd inning. They were a team on a mission, and Pittsburgh just happened to be the unfortunate victims.
Barring any future injuries, Marco Estrada saw his last start of the season and made it a good one, plowing through 7 innings and limiting Pittsburgh to 2 runs. Estrada could probably start for a number of teams around the majors, and the Brewers are fortunate to have a guy who can step up when needed. He is 3-2 in his 7 starts this season and had a 1.59 ERA in his last 3 tries filling in for Chris Narveson. Hard to ask for more from your 6th starter.
Everyone did some damage in the big win. The only thing more embarrassing was the Cardinals’ loss, falling big at home and pushing the Brewers’ division lead to 10 games. There is no reason for the Brewers to step off the gas at this point, but knowing that you can fall apart one night and come out swinging the next day is great for your confidence.
Shaun Marcum takes the finale tomorrow afternoon as the Crew looks to start up a brand new winning streak against Pittsburgh.
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