Estrada has solid outing in win

Former Glendale college standout gives up one hit in five innings for Brewers in 1-0 home victory against Pirates.

August 16, 2011|By Charles Rich,

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Estrada showed just how versatile he can be while performing for the first-place Brewers of the National League's Central Division. On Saturday, Estrada gave the Brewers exactly what they needed as a starter after spending most of the season coming out of the bullpen.

Making a spot-start Saturday, Estrada more than held his own. Estrada surrendered one hit in five innings and three relievers backed him up in Milwaukee's 1-0 home victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Estrada improved to 3-7 and took the mound in place of Chris Narveson, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a hand injury.

"I was trying to give the guys at least six, seven innings," Estrada told the Associated Press. "Fortunately, it was only five, but you know [it] kept us in the game. That's all that matters.

"The bullpen came in and did an outstanding job. We got a win. That's what matters."

Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins, Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford followed Estrada to preserve the victory. In his fifth start of the season, Estrada faced 16 batters and threw 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

Estrada's other win as a starter came April 6, the same day his contract was selected from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He beat the Atlanta Braves in that appearance, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out four in six innings.

Estrada has made 33 appearances for the Brewers, who entered Monday night's home game against the L.A. Dodgers at 70-51. In 70 2/3 innings, Estrada sports a 4.46 earned-run average. He's struck out 66 and walked 23.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: McCarthy has had mixed results in his last two appearances.

He struggled in his last start Friday against the visiting Texas Rangers, which included getting hit in the knee by a batted ball and subsequently being removed from the game after allowing seven runs (five earned) and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 9-1 defeat.

McCarthy was knocked out of the game when he was struck by an Endy Chavez line drive in the fourth inning and was diagnosed with a bruised right knee. The ball struck off the outside of his right knee and ricocheted down the right-field line.

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