HR: Crisp (6), Moss (8), Weeks (4)
MVP: Rickie Weeks (.000)
LVP: Marco Estrada (-.167)
After winning their first series in a month this weekend in Philadelphia, the Brewers hoped that a return to Miller Park would help their fortunes. Sadly, this was not the case as the Brewers lost 10-2 on Monday night.
Marco Estrada took the mound for the Brewers and gave up solo home runs in each of the first two innings. Coco Crisp wasted no time this evening as he lifted the second pitch of the game over the right field wall. Brandon Moss touched up Estrada for a solo home run in the top of the second as well to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead.
Estrada danced out of trouble in the third and fourth before the disastrous fifth inning. After singles from John Jaso and Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie doubled to right field to increase the Athletics' lead to three, but the double to right was not the Brewers' biggest problem. Immediately after the pitch, Estrada collapsed to the ground and grabbed the back of his upper left leg. At the time, little was known of the injury, but Adam McCalvy has confirmed via Twitter that Estrada is suffering from a left hamstring strain and is listed as day-to-day.
Things went downhill quickly after Estrada left the game. The A's tacked on five more runs in the fifth after Estrada's departure and two more runs in the seventh for a total of ten runs on the game. The A's accrued 19 hits in the game with each of their first six batters collecting two or more.
The lone bright spot for the Brewers tonight was the bat of Rickie Weeks. Weeks hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and appeared to follow that up with a second home run in the seventh inning. Unfortunately, for the second straight day, the umpires reviewed a Brewers home run and ultimately ruled it a triple.
The Brewers will take on the A's again tomorrow in the second game of their three game series at Miller Park. Kyle Lohse will take the mound for the Brewers against A.J. Griffin for the Athletics. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.