Looking at the lineup, I see we are without Mark Kotsay out in the field. Hope somebody out there finds 3 hits today like the grizzled veteran did yesterday. Chase Headley started that charge with a deep double, but was left on base to watch Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso ground out.
Sean O’ Sullivan started things off well with a 1-2-3 inning including a strikeout of Jean Segura to end the inning.
The bottom of the inning started with a walk to Jonathan Lucroy and a double by Carlos Gomez. Two quick outs and an intentional walk to Caleb Gindl loaded the bases with Kyle Lohse stepping up to the plate. A ground ball becomes the final out and the Padres escape the inning unscathed.
Nick Hundley saw the first pitch headed right his way and decided that it had no right ever crossing the plate. With one solid swing, he knocks it over the left field fence to give the Padres THE LEAD on his 2nd home run of the series.
Singles by Rickie Weeks and Norichika Aoki and a walk to Lucroy loads the bases for the 2nd inning in a row. Unfortunately, the Padres would not escape unscathed again. A double over the head of Will Venable in centerfield scores two runs and gives the lead to Milwaukee.
It took about 8 minutes to finish this inning. It was over before I realized they were even playing. Thought it was just a long commercial break.
Jesus Guzman doubled to right. It was his 4th extra base hit in the last 4 games.
Lucroy and Gomez reached base again today, but a ground out by Juan Francisco ends the inning with runners on the corners.
Sean O’ Sullivan started the bottom half of the inning. After hitting Aoki and then getting Jean Segura to fly out, Bud Black came out to take the ball. He gave up 7 hits and 2 ER while walking 3 and striking out 4 Brewers on 97 pitches. Dale Thayer entered in relief. Lucroy worked it to a full count, but struck out looking. Aoki stole second on the K. Then, things got strange.
Carlos Gomez got a single. A quick throw to 3rd was made to try and get Aoki. Gomez took this opportunity to make a break for second. Then, ball met body. Just not his body. Or Everth’s. Or Jedd’s. It met Bob Davidson’s body. He is not a player. He is the 2nd base umpire. Rather than be an observer, he placed himself within the play. Literally within the play. He stood in the baseline as the throw was headed towards 2nd base to catch Gomez and the ball never made it there. Headley's throw hit Davidson right in the back. As the ball rolled away and Davidson walked away in pain, Aoki scored the run from 3rd and Gomez made his way to 3rd. This might happen more often when we get robot umpires. Just saying.
Padres stepped up to the plate to try and keep the win streak alive as Jim Henderson came in for the save opportunity. Chase Headley was the first to the plate and the first to leave it. Chase struck out swinging for out #1. Carlos Quentin batted next as some loud guy in the crowd was saying loud things I couldn't make out. It resulted in a Quentin strikeout. Yonder Alonso was next up and worked it to a full count. A foul ball brought turned the tension up to 11. Next pitch: Ball 4. Using this confidence, Yonder stole second base. That's 3 bases in 2 days. With Yonder on second, Jedd Gyorko stepped up to the plate. Gyorko made contact with the ball, but it would not leave the infield. A throw to first records the final out of the game.
Streak is over. Tomorrow, the Padres look to win their first series since June 14-16. Edinson Volquez takes over pitching duties and will face Yovani Gallardo in the final game of the series at the brunch time start of 11:10 tomorrow. Go, Padres!
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