After a couple of poor outings, Marco Estrada turned in a solid performance on Monday night. Estrada allowed just 3-hits through 7-innings and pitched the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
The Brewers put a halt to their 4-game losing streak and it was a big turn-around for Estrada, who coughed up 8-runs on 6-hits in a loss to the Cardinals on May 5th.
Norichika Aoki went 3 for 5 with three rbis and two stolen bases. Jean Segura added three hits and three stolen bases. The Brewers stole 6-bases in total against Pittsburgh’s backup catcher Mike McKenry.
The Brewers beat Pittsburgh’s ace, A.J. Burnett (3-4).
Kyle Lohse (1-4, 3.53) pitches game 2 of the series for the Brewers tonight. Jeff Locke (3-1, 2.95) goes for the Pirates.
Brewers rookie shortstop Jean Segura is the National League’s Player of the Week. Segura hit .500 last week with 2 home runs, 2 rbi’s and 5 runs scored.
The Brewers sat Rickie Weeks last night for the first time this season. They started Yuniesky Betancourt at 2nd base. Weeks entered the series hitting .183. He got a pinch-hitting appearance late and struck out, watching his average dip to .181.