MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Rickie Weeks #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers sends this pitch over the center field wall for a solo homer in the bottom of the 1st inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on September 11, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MVP: Marco Estrada (+.413 WPA)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.073)
The Brewers finally completed the long climb back to .500 tonight on the heels of another multi-run (lucky) seventh inning. The last time they saw even ball was April 24 when they were 9-9.
Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy led off the inning with singles. They were moved up a base apiece on Travis Ishikawa's sacrifice bunt. Carlos Gomez came to the plate bunting, but was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Jean Segura beat out a double-play at first, scoring Ramirez. Taylor Green came in as a pinch hitter and hit a soft blooper into shallow center, scoring Lucroy. Topping off the inning was a dribbler by Aoki that got through the infield, scoring Gomez and that Aoki hustled into a double.
Those three Badger Mutual Insurance runs piled up on top of the 1-0 lead that Rickie Weeks had given the Brewers with a first-inning home run. Adding to the total was a no-doubter home run to deep left center from Ramirez in the eighth.
And that's all they needed to defeat Tim Hudson. It was their eighth straight win at Miller Park.
Much like last night, defense also played a crucial part in the Brewers win. Nori Aoki made a jumping catch just in front of the wall in the seventh inning that saved what would have been the game-tying run. Ramirez and Jean Segura made great plays on infield balls to get the out at first in the eighth
Marco Estrada pitched 6 2/3 innings of shut out ball. Jim Henderson ended the seventh, Francisco Rodriguez cruised through the eighth (with help from his infielders). Brandon Kintzler came in to finish off the game in the ninth. He gave up a single to Chipper Jones, but closed the game out without further damage.