Brewers lose game and starting pitcher Estrada
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers lost more than a game last night, when they got crushed by the Oakland A's 10-2 at Miller Park. The Crew's best starter as of late - Marco Estrada - left in the fifth inning with a strained hamstring.
Estrada hopes he'll be cured in time for his next start, but Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says he's not so sure. Estrada gave up a homer to Coco Crisp on the third pitch of the game, and things went downhill from there for Milwaukee. Brandon Moss added a solo shot in the second, and the "A's" scored six runs in the fifth to put this one away. Estrada said he felt a pinch in his leg just before giving up a run-scoring double to Jed Lowrie in the fifth. Estrada left after giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk. He was tagged with the loss, dropping him to 4-4. Tommy Milone went seven innings for the win. He's now 6-5.
Crisp went 4-for-5 and fell a triple short of the cycle. The A's had 19 total hits, the most allowed by Milwaukee since July of 2011. Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer for the Crew. He appeared to hit a second homer, but a replay review showed that it bounced off the top of the wall and Weeks was awarded a triple. Oakland has now won four straight, and 15-of-its-last-17. Milwaukee has dropped two in a row, and six-of-its-last-eight.
The two teams play again tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse faces A's right-hander A.J. Griffin.
Much-heralded Brewers' prospect Scooter Gennett made his big league debut last night. He tapped out to the pitcher in a late pinch-hitting appearance in Milwaukee's 10-2 loss to Oakland. Gennett was promoted earlier yesterday, as part of a series of moves designed to jump-start a Brewers' team that won only seven games since April 30th. They also obtained Atlanta infielder Juan Francisco in exchange for minor league pitcher Thomas Keeling. Francisco is expected to join the Brewers for tonight's game with the A's. He batted .241 before the Braves designated him for assignment last week. Manager Ron Roenicke says Francisco has big power. His main position is third base, but he's expected to play a lot at first for the Crew. Roenicke also had high praise for Gennett, saying he's got high-energy. He and the struggling Rickie Weeks both play exclusively at second base. Weeks already felt the push last night, as he hit one homer and almost belted another after coming in with a .184 batting average. Roenicke says it's possible he'll platoon Weeks and Gennett, who hit .297 at Triple-"A" Nashville this season with a .342 on-base percentage. To accommodate the two new players, Milwaukee released veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez, and sent starter Mike Fiers down to Triple-"A" Nashville.