Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Brewers down Padres for eighth straight win
San Diego loses its fourth straight game while Milwaukee wins its eighth in a row
The Padres came home on Monday to face a hot team in the Milwaukee Brewers, winners of seven straight games, and to try and break their own three-game losing streak. Thanks in part to a rocky first inning from starter Jason Marquis along with hitting that was ill-timed and ineffective, the Brewers beat the Padres 7-1.
Jean Segura opened with a single to center field off of Marquis, and Rickie Weeks grounded to short with Segura erased at second base on the fielder’s choice. Ryan Braun then stepped up and hit his 6th home run of the season over the left-center field wall in spite of the marine layer edging into Petco Park, and the Brewers had a 2-0 lead early on the Padres.
Marquis then hit Logan Schafer and Carlos Gomez back-to-back, and Yuniesky Betancourt took a Marquis sinker and put it over the left field wall and before the Padres even picked up a bat they were down 5-0. For Marquis, it was the fourth and fifth home runs given up so far this season.
“He couldn’t really get anything going that first inning,” manager Buddy Black said of Marquis. “Got a ball up right off of the bat to Segura for the base hit, and Braun jumped on a first-pitch fastball that was meant to be down and away and it just sort of tailed sort of to the middle and above the knee, and Braun is a good low-fastball hitter. And then down the line with Betancourt it was the same.”
In the bottom of the first inning against Kyle Lohse of the Brewers, Everth Cabrera opened with a walk and then stole second base. Will Venable hit a deep fly ball to left field and Cabrera tagged and went for third base, but was thrown out when he over-slid the bag.
In the top of the fifth inning, Jean Segura led off with a walk and then stole second base. Rickie Weeks then drew a walk, and Ryan Braun singled home Segura.
Chris Gomez walked to load the bases and that was all for Jason Marquis who was relieved by Anthony Bass. Bass then uncorked a wild pitch, and Weeks scored, and the Padres trailed 7-0 to the Brewers.
“When you throw fastballs up in the middle of the plate with not too much on them, this is obviously what happens,” Marquis said postgame in the club house. “I’ve got to focus on getting better and making good pitches, and better things will happen.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Padres finally scored a run after 25 innings of being shut out. Jedd Gyorko opened with a double and took third base tagging on a fly ball hit foul deep to right field by Nick Hundley.
Anthony Bass hit a ground ball out and Gyorko scored and the crowd gave a mock cheer as Jedd crossed home plate. After five innings, the Padres trailed the Brewers 7-1.
The Padres tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. Alfredo Figaro was on in relief for the Brewers and with one out, Alexi Amarista hit a pinch hit single.
Everth Cabrera struck out, and Will Venable singled, moving Amarista to third base with two outs. Chase Headley then came up but stuck out on a held foul tip.
For the Padres it was their fourth straight loss while the Brewers have now won eight in a row. San Diego outhit Milwaukee 8 to 5 but couldn’t string together hits in the right spots.
Jedd Gyorko was 2 for 4 in the loss with a double, and Anthony Bass worked three and one third scoreless innings in long relief. Joe Thatcher pitched a flawless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
According to manager Buddy Black, Clayton Richard (flu) is feeling much better after missing his last start, and is set to pitch on Tuesday. Kyle Blanks is also doing better, but still feels, “a little banged up, a little jarred from the impact with the wall; left shoulder a little sore,” according to Black, and it was a game-time decision as to whether he might see some action on Monday. Blanks was not called on.
Cory Luebke is playing long toss now and Joe Wieland is in Arizona at the Peoria Complex throwing off of the mound. Luebke will report to Arizona soon and join Wieland throwing off of the mound. The return of both pitchers isn’t expected for approximately two months.
Cameron Maybin cannot be fully evaluated until a splint he is wearing on his wrist can be removed, which may not happen for a couple of days. It appears that Maybin’s stint on the 15-day disabled list will likely go beyond the 15 days.
Carlos Quentin is eligible to play on Tuesday after serving the eight game suspension handed down by the Commissioner’s Office. The suspension was for Quentin’s role in a brawl that resulted when Quentin charged Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke earlier in the month at Petco Park.
Tuesday, the Brewers and Padres will square off again at Petco Park. Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28) will take the hill for San Diego while Milwaukee will send out Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 1.57). The game starts at 7:10 PM PDST, radio 1090 AM gets the call while Fox Sports San Diego has the visuals.
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