(Sports Network) - Marco Estrada tries to follow up a brilliant effort in his
last start when the Milwaukee Brewers continue their three-game set with
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Miller Park.
Estrada was terrific on Sunday in Cincinnati, as he limited the Reds to just
one hit over seven scoreless innings to improve to 6-4, while lowering his ERA
He also struck out nine - including six in a row at one point - in the win.
"You just try to make pitches and get out of it as fast as you can, get
through innings quick," Estrada said. "If you get a strikeout, great, but
you're not looking for them."
In four starts since spending two months on the disabled list with a left
hamstring injury, Estrada is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
Estrada will now be tasked with slowing down a red-hot Los Angeles team that
continued to roll in Friday's opener behind six scoreless innings from Jered
Weaver in a 5-0 triumph.
Weaver (9-7) was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh after
throwing 104 pitches, yielding just three hits and three walks before giving
way to the bullpen.
"Obviously we had a big seventh inning. I had to battle today, defense played
well behind me and Hank (Conger) called a good game. It was a good
combination," Weaver said.
Kole Calhoun went 2-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season while Grant
Green drove in three for Los Angeles, which improved to 6-1 on its current
nine-game road trip.
Wily Peralta (8-14) went six-plus innings, allowing three runs and four hits
while whiffing six. Milwaukee has lost two of three.
"You want to try and keep the game in line, especially when you don't get much
run support. One run can end up being the difference," said Peralta.
Getting the call for Los Angeles on Saturday will be righty Jerome Williams,
who hasn't earned a victory since June 12 and he has an 5.38 ERA in 19 starts.
Williams, though, pitched three scoreless innings in relief on Wednesday.
He is 5-10 overall on the year with a 4.69 ERA, but hasn't won in 12 starts.
Williams is 2-2 in four starts versus the Brewers with a 5.63 ERA.
The Angels won five of their first nine games with the Brewers after Milwaukee
moved to the National League. The Brewers, however, won two of three when they
last met, in Anaheim, in 2010.
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