Marco Estrada pitches Brewers past Royals 7-2
"He’s been outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Great command of his fastball. Changeup has been really good. His curveball has been good. His location has been outstanding."
Lucroy, who struggled at the plate this spring, connected off Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura with two outs in the third inning.
"Ventura has a great arm," Roenicke said. "That stuff, there’s not much better than that. To get some runs off of him, I thought that was really good."
Aramis Ramirez went 1 for 2 with an RBI. Logan Schafer had three hits and two RBIs. Minor leaguer Michael Ratterree hit a solo home run in the seventh.
Kansas City scored two ninth-inning runs off reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
The Brewers finished the spring at 13-18, while the Royals went 12-16-2.
Estrada struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. He threw 61 pitches, 38 for strikes.
"It’s a good feeling, a good way to go into the season," Estrada said. "Now I just have to transfer that into the season and do it where it matters."
Yovani Gallardo will be making his fifth career opening day start on Monday, trailing only Ben Sheets (six) in franchise history. He is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in his previous openers.
Shortstop Jean Segura, who has been battling shoulder soreness, worked out before Saturday’s game, just as he did prior to Friday night’s game, leaving manager Ron Roenicke believing that Segura will be ready for the season opener.
"It went well. He made probably 10 to 15 throws and he felt good about it," Roenicke said.
Segura, who hasn’t played since March 18, is expected to take part in a simulated game at Miller Park on Sunday before being evaluated by the team’s medical staff.
Wily Peralta will pitch a simulated game on Sunday. He’s expected to throw about 75 pitches.