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Fan reaction: Lots of positives as Brewers win second straight over Braves
Here are some positives that I saw in Wednesday's game that bode well for the future:
Prince Fielder scored two runs and got his first three runs batted in of the season, while raising his batting average up to .286. He had been hitless in his previous 11 at-bats. I liked how Fielder did not try to break the slump by attempting to hit the ball into Lake Michigan. Instead, his three hits were singles, and he hit to the opposite field.
Some other Brewers who hadn't been hitting broke out of it, too. Mark Kotsay(notes) had his first two hits of the season, and Yuniesky Betancourt(notes) also had two hits, including a double. Both Betancourt and Kotsay had their first RBIs of the season. Betancourt's double was the only extra base hit the Brewers had (out of 11 total hits) and this tells me they are able to string together some hits and don't have to rely solely on power hitting to score runs.
In need of another starting pitcher, the Brewers elected to bring Marco Estrada up from the minors instead of trying to make do with a reliever in a spot start role. Estrada responded by picking up his first big league victory. He allowed four runs in six innings; three of those runs came on a home run by Jason Heyward(notes). Estrada told reporters he was nervous out on the mound, but he looked calm and composed to me, and that's how he pitched. I thought he might unravel after the home run made the score 5-4, but he held it together and retired the next two hitters to end the inning.
Estrada walked only one hitter in his six innings of work, while striking out four. I like pitchers who throw strikes and don't give out free passes, and so do managers. I think he's earned another start while we all wait for Zack Greinke's(notes) return.
After the shelling John Axford took on opening day, I was concerned he might not be back up to full strength following his bout with food poisoning during spring training. Axford was a bit shaky at first, walking Heyward to start the inning. He then retired the next three hitters to close it out and earn the save.
He seems fine now, and it looks like the Brewers are starting to get it together after that bad start to the season.
Mark Hudziak has been o fan of the Brewers since they moved to Milwaukee in 1970.
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