W: Marco Estrada (1-0)
L: Mike Minor (0-1)
SV: John Axford (1)
MVP: Prince Fielder (+.194)
LVP: Erick Almonte (-.108)
HR: Heyward (2)
Win Expectancy Graph
Win Expectancy GraphThings weren't looking good for Marco Estrada in the first inning. He started the game by giving up a double to Martin Prado and another double right after that to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead. But the Brewers came back quickly. Braves starter Mike Minor walked the bases load to start the game and Prince Fielder gave singled to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
Marco Estrada settled down after that, allowing the Brewers to score three more runs, with RBIs from Yuniesky Betancourt, Fielder and Mark Kotsay (yes, you are reading that correctly). But the 5-1 lead didn't last long, as Marco Estrada gave up a 3-run homer to Jason Heyward in the 6th. Still, 4 runs in 6 innings could be considered a pretty decent outing from a AAA pitcher.
Zach Braddock and Kameron Loe followed Estrada and each pitched a scoreless inning. Then it was up to John Axford (who came out to Refused, by the way). He walked the leadoff batter, but retired the next three in order to seal up the victory, and lowering his season ERA to 15.43!
A couple other notes:
-Prince Fielder is not completely useless in April. He went 3-4 today and drove in 3 runs
-Yuni Betancourt and Mark Kotsay both had two, count 'em TWO hits, and each collected an RBI
-The difference in the game was actually a break for the Brewers. Prince Fielder slid home on Mark Kotsay's single, but was actually tagged out by Braves catcher Brian McCann.
Come back tomorrow for game three in the series. The game starts at 12:40.