> We’ve waited a long time for this. The Brewers finally made it back to .500 (71-71) with their 5-0 win over the Braves tonight, and maybe now they can take it one step further.
Marco Estrada was stellar, going 6 2/3 shutout innings while giving up four hits. He walked one and struck out six. He gave up a few near-home runs that were caught about as close to the wall as you can get, but it doesn’t matter much as long as they were outs.
Tim Hudson looked on his game after giving up a first inning home run to Rickie Weeks. After the second inning, he didn’t allow another baserunner until the sixth. But his wheels fell off in the seventh. Hudson gave up back-to-back singles to Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy to start the inning. Then, two batters later with the bases loaded and one out, Jean Segura beat out a double play ball to drive in a run. That wound up costing the Braves, as Taylor Green and Norichika Aoki hit back-t0-back RBI singles to extend the lead to 4-0. Then, in the eighth inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a mammoth solo home run, his 23rd of the year.
> Corey Hart was out of the lineup again with his foot problem. He’s going to get custom foot support tomorrow to “ease the pain,” and he should be back in the lineup before long.
> The Brewers extended their player development contract with the Nashville Sounds, their Triple-A affiliate. The deal runs through 2014.
> Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Brewers need to sign a starting pitcher and fix their bullpen problems this coming offseason.
In my opinion, the SP market is going to be so bad that the Brewers might as well stick with the prospects they have and see what they can get; they’ve shown that they’re ready to perform at the big league level. But the bullpen definitely needs to be addressed.
> This is the first time the Brewers have sat at .500 since April, when they were 9-9. Yeah, it’s been awhile.
> After starting the year winless, Estrada has three wins in his last four starts.
> Weeks had one career hit against Hudson coming into the game, but recorded two against him tonight (the home run and a triple). Weeks also had the only hit against Hudson in his last start against the Brewers, a one-hit shutout in May of 2011.
> Tomorrow’s match-up:
Paul Maholm (12-9, 3.67 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.76 ERA)