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Former Glendale Community College pitcher Marco Estrada sharp again in victory

Baseball: One-time Vaquero picks up second victory since returning from disabled list. McCarthy still looking for run support from Arizona.

August 14, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: It’s been a season to forget for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are 52-68 and have been in last place throughout the bulk of the season in the National League Central Division.

Estrada, a former All-Western State Conference pick, spent about two months on the disabled list with a back injury and is looking to finish off the season on a positive note.

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Since returning recently from the disabled list, Estrada has provided the Brewers with some positive news by winning his last two appearances

Estrada turned in arguably his best effort of the season Tuesday in Milwaukee’s 5-1 road victory against the red-hot Texas Rangers. Estrada went six innings and allowed one run and struck out two while facing 22 batters in snapping Texas’ eight-game winning streak.

“Overall, I can't complain about this,” Estrada told mlb.com. “I kept the team in the game and we pulled it off. It's a confidence booster.

“I know [Texas is] a very good hitting team, and when somebody gets on you don't try to be perfect, you just try to keep the ball down and low and just make your pitches.”

Earlier, the right-hander provided the Brewers with a boost. He went five innings in his return to the mound Aug. 7 against the host San Francisco Giants, but didn’t factor into the decision in Milwaukee’s 6-1 victory.

Estrada gave up just one hit and struck out six in a 76-pitch effort.

Estrada, fresh off a pair of rehab starts, had a limited pitch count. He set down his last 14 batters and 15 of 16 overall.

“His command was outstanding,” Milwaukee Manager Ron Roenicke told the Associated Press. “He kept his curve down in the zone, and his fastball had life to it. For him, coming back after two starts and throwing only 2 2/3 innings, I thought it was really good.”

In 14 appearances, Estrada is 5-4 with a 4.71 earned-run average. In 80 1/3 innings, Estrada has struck out 70 and walked 18.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Arizona Diamondbacks: McCarthy, who was signed as a free agent by the Diamondbacks during the offseason, recorded a quality start Saturday against the visiting New York Mets. Unfortunately for McCarthy, Arizona couldn’t provide enough offensive support in a 4-1 defeat.

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