A first inning injury to Milwaukee Brewers starter Marco Estrada forced the already taxed bullpen to log some heavy overtime. That solid effort turned into a 8-5 Brewers win in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants.
The Brewers jumped all over San Francisco starter Barry Zito for 8-runs in the first two innings, then had to hang on for the win. Aramis Ramirez clubbed a 3-run double in the first and catcher Jonathan Lucroy added a 2-run homer in the second to stay red-hot.
Estrada suffered a strained right hip flexor while batting in the bottom of the first.
Estrada is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury and a timetable for his return.
Lucroy finished the 6-game home stand hitting .429 with 3 home runs and 10 rbi’s. He is hitting .531 with runners in scoring position, which tops the Major Leagues.
The Brewers had to go to the bullpen to start the second inning. Manny Parra, Kameron Loe and Jose Vera each worked 2-innings to get the game into the hands of Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford, which turned out to be huge.
The Brewers finished their home stand with a 2-4 record. They’re headed out for a 6-game trip tomorrow, starting with a 3-game series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Today is an off day.