Estrada, Gennett both make big steps forward for Brewers
ARLINGTON, Tx. - The Milwaukee Brewers' 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers Tuesday showcased two guys who are trying to make major long-term inroads with the team.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett struck two home runs while Marco Estrada dominated Texas hitting.
620WTMJ's Brewers Radio Network co-voice Joe Block told "Wisconsin's Morning News" that both Brewers can use their performances as major steps toward their future.
He said Estrada is "performing a lot better...even better than last year that led him to being one of the top three starters with the Brewers at the beginning of the season."
Estrada has given up 1 run in 11 combined innings over his two starts since a return from injury.
"Coming back from a hamstring injury for the last two months, he was very frank. He said, 'I'm competing for a job out there.' He know's there's going to be some open competition not only for the rest of the season, but next season, too...he's pitching, wating to be in the rotation next season, and making sure the Brewers see that."
Gennett has taken over the starting second base role from Rickie Weeks, who is out for 2013 after an injury of his own.
"For any player that's young, just to know, 'I'm going to be in the lineup most every day. I can just play my game. If I go 0-4, it doesn't mean I'm going to be pulled from the lineup.' I don't think we'll see a lot of two-home-run games from Scooter Gennett, but we'll see the player he is over the last two months of the season."