MILWAUKEE -- Despite pitching mainly out of the bullpen in 61 of the 70 games he's been a part of in the major leagues, Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada said he had always thought like a starter.
And after 78 pitches as Saturday's starter in the Brewers' matchup with the Rockies, Estrada looked an awful lot like one, too.
"Estrada did the same thing he did for us last year," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He comes in and gives us a lot of innings with a lot of zeroes."
There were plenty of zeroes lining the scoreboard when Estrada's five innings had been completed, as the right-hander allowed just two hits and one earned run in the outing, with just one Troy Tulowitzki home run in the fourth inning ruining what would've been a scoreless outing.
Estrada admitted that he was nervous before his first start of the season, but those nerves quickly faded away after what turned out to be one of his best innings pitched in his career.
He took eight pitches to strike out Rockies' lead...