Before Milwaukee's worst season in nine years officially came to a close, Marco Estrada provided one last glimmer of hope for 2014.
Continuing his impressive finish to the year, Estrada allowed just two hits and one run while striking out eight and not walking a batter in Milwaukee's 3-2 loss to New York in the season finale.
"Outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Estrada. "That was a great way for him to finish the season.
"He gets strikeouts with the fastball, he gets strikeouts with the breaking ball and he got strikeouts with his change-up. When he's on like that he can really go through lineups."
Estrada's future with the Brewers was at a breaking point when he was stuck carrying a 5.32 ERA on the disabled list in June with a hamstring injury. After missing two months, Estrada returned with a great performance against Texas on Aug. 7 and never looked back.
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