A night after the Brewers got their first win of the season, they made it two in a row, with another 1-run win over the Atlanta Braves, 5-4. And just like last night’s win, this one was a nail-biter to the final out.
Marco Estrada got the start for the Brew Crew filling in for an injured Zach Greinke and did just well enough to garner the first win of his major league career. Called up earlier in the day from the minors, Estrada gave up a run in the first with an assist from Carlos Gomez who threw out Chipper Jones at home to end the inning, and a 3-run home run to Jason Heyward in the 6th. But that was enough to keep the Brewers up a run, and the bullpen did the rest…finally.
The Brewers took advantage of the Braves young starter, Mike Minor, who started the game by walking the first three Brewers. Up to the plate came a very hungry Prince Fielder. That’s about as scary scenario as any pitcher can imagine, let alone a kid with less than 50 innings under his belt. Prince delivered. A 2-run single to left gave the Brewers the lead, and got the monkey off Prince’s back.
In the fourth, the Brewers added to the lead, and the big fella was involved again, this time chugging all the way around from first on a ringing double to left by Yuniesky Betancourt.
Next frame, and Prince caught his breath in time to deliver hi 3rd knock of the game. An RBI single to center scored Rickie Weeks to make it 4-1, Brewers. Prince touched home a little bit later on, coming home on a pinch-hit single by Mark Kotsay, to round out the Brewers scoring for the night. It would be just enough.
After Heyward’s bomb cut the lead to a run, the Brewers pen made it stand up. Zack Braddock worked a perfect top of the 7th, and Kameron Loe did the same in the 8th. That got us to the ninth, and John Axford, who hadn’t thrown since that opening day meltdown. After a leadoff walk to Heyward, Axford got the next three without incident for his first save of the season.
First win for Estrada, first ribbies of the season for Prince, first save for Axford. A night of firsts equals a 2nd straight win for Milwaukee.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!