There's something about the Atlanta Braves this season that's brought out the best in the Milwaukee Brewers. Keyed by home runs from Carlos Gomez Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez and a strong seven-inning start by Marco Estrada the Brewers shut out the Braves for the third time in four games this season 5-0 at Turner Field on Monday night. Atlanta one day removed from winning the National League East title fielded a watered-down lineup that was lacking sluggers Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann managed and managed only just three hits against Milwaukee. It was Milwaukee's 14th shutout overall this season. That's fourth-most in the National League and pretty remarkable when one considers how poorly the starting rotation performed over the first two months. "Real good team. We shut them out before with their whole lineup" said Lucroy. "It feels pretty good. They've got a very good team and hopefully we can keep it going." Estrada especially deserved credit in this one. Utilizing a killer changeup the right-hander allowed just two hits over a seven-inning 115-pitch night to extend his personal winning streak to a career-high three games. "I thought Marco threw the ball outstanding" manager Ron Roenicke said. "His changeup was great he located his fastball well threw some nice curveballs. But when he has that changeup going he's capable of throwing this against anybody." The Brewers jumped on Braves starter Mike Minor quickly with Gomez homering to left on the third pitch of the game for a 1-0 lead. Ramirez and Khris Davis followed with two-out singles but Sean Halton struck out looking to end the rally. Atlanta got a runner to third with two outs in the second when Davis dived for a sinking liner to left by Andrelton Simmons and missed but he was stranded there on a Joey Terdoslavich groundout. Minor settled in from there allowing just a pair of singles over the next three innings before Norichika Aoki lined a one-out double to right in the fifth. Lucroy followed with a two-run homer to right — his first home run since Aug. 16 when he hit a walk-off against Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman at Miller Park — to extend Milwaukee's lead to 3-0. "Unbelievable" said Lucroy who has 18 homers and a team-leading 81 RBI.
Marco Estrada sparkles, Crew has third shutout of Braves
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 24