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Padres 10, Brewers 8: Will Venable Saves The Series

Will Venable's diving catch saves the game for the Padres in a 4 hour marathon game.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The final game of the series pits Edinson Volquez against Yovani Gallardo. The Padres look to defeat the Brewers for the first road series win since May 14-15, which happens to be the road series that happened before I started writing these game recaps. That’s a pretty bad sign, right? But no matter! I’m writing this one and we’re winning this series. I hope.

1st Inning

1st pitch was the first hit. Everth Cabrera wasted no time getting a single before the ball reached home. On the 3rd pitch of the game, Everth stole 2nd base. Chase Headley then singled to left, but too strong to get Cabrera home. Seeing what needed to be done, Carlos Quentin hit it deep to left but not deep enough. A pop up to the wall becomes a sacrifice fly and Everth scores the first run of the game and gives the Padres THE LEAD. This is the 3rd game in a row and the 2nd time in this series that the Padres have scored in the 1st inning. A double by Will Venable put runners on 2nd and 3rd, but they were unable to get home.

Edinson Volquez gave up a walk, but kept the ball in the infield. 3 ground outs keep the Brewers away from doing anything.


2nd Inning

Volquez ran into a bit of trouble. 2 singles in the inning amounted to the Brewers having runners at the corners with 2 outs. Yovani Gallardo came up to the plate and walked away shamed as Volquez records his 2nd strikeout of the inning to keep them off the board.

3rd Inning

Everth Cabrera started off the inning with another lead-off single. No stolen base this time around though because Carlos Quentin would not allow it to happen. A DEEP drive over the left field wall gives him a 2 run home run and adds on to the scoreboard in a big way. Next up, Yonder Alonso. Remember when I said that he has abandoned the doubles for the single and steal approach. Not anymore. A deep ball to dead center hits the bottom of the wall for a double. Alexi Amarista joined the party with a single to score Yonder who was running like there was no tomorrow. The wheels stayed on.


4th Inning

Walks to Rene Rivera, Everth Cabrera, and Carlos Quentin loaded the bases for Yonder Alonso. With a swing of the bat, Alonso singled to center to score 2 RBI and push the Padres lead to 6 runs. After the hit, Gallardo’s day was put to an end.


The shutout has ended. Yuniesky Betancourt put the bat to ball for a solo home run and put the Brewers on the scoreboard. Obviously just a pity run. No big deal.


5th Inning

2 consecutive singles by Alexi Amarista and Chris Denorfia put runners on with no outs. A strikeout, a bad bunt, and a ground out ends that rally.

6th Inning

Brewers scored another pity run off Volquez with a solo home run for Carlos Gomez. At least they’re solo shots. A walk to Juan Francisco and a hit by Betancourt that juuuuust got over the glove of Alexi Amarista ended Edinson’s afternoon. Not a quality start today. He gave up 6 hits, 3 walks, and got 6 strikeouts while allowing 3 earned runs in 5 and a third innings.

Dale Thayer came into the game to relieve Volquez and provided only a little bit of it. A walk to Caleb Gindl loaded the bases and pinch hitter Logan Schafer singled in a run. Yet, just when the game looks to be turning upside down, a double play ends the inning. Rickie Weeks shot it right back at Thayer who was able to get a handle on it, throw it to Rivera to record the out at home, who in turn threw it to Alonso to get Weeks at 1st.


7th Inning

I was reading comments on another SB Nation site when I looked up and saw that the Padres had scored a run on 2 hits. Will Venable got a double and scored when Amarista had a collision at first base and the ball got away. Once I closed the tab from which I was reading, the party kept going strong. Rene Rivera got a single and scored his first Padre RBI and his first RBI since August 28th, 2011. Jesus Guzman came in to pinch hit and left after he rounded the bases. A huge home run to the second deck gives the Padres 2 more runs and double digits on the day. It’s their 2nd double digit scoring day of July and their first double digit day on the road since May 25th.


Nick Vincent entered the game and gave up a home run to Norichika Aoki. That’s 3 home runs for the Brewers while the Padres have only managed to come up with 2 of their own. Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura got singles and set up another run scoring rally. Juan Francisco singled to center and scored Lucroy and moved Gomez to 3rd base. Luke Gregerson enters the game and the roller coaster doesn’t even come to a stop. Betancourt hits it right to Luke and no one is at 1st base to get him out and Gomez scores from third. Gindl then turns on a pitch and doubles down the line to score Francisco and Betancourt. Khris Davis pinch hits for the pitcher and walks after a full count. A few pitches to Rickie Weeks and the Brewers pull off the double steal. Soon after, Gregerson gets Weeks to strikeout. Joe Thatcher enters the game and threw just 1 pitch. A rocket to center by Aoki was miraculously caught by a diving Will Venable. His outstretched glove barely covered the blades of grass as the ball fell into his glove. On the way back to the dugout, Venable tossed the ball to Gaslamp Baller Timmah73 who was at the game today in the first row behind the Padres dugout/camera pit.


8th Inning

It was super quick and ended without any scoring. I really needed that. Still in recovery from that last inning.

9th Inning

On the groundball, Chris Denorfia was tagged out on the 1st base line by being slapped in the back of the head and slid past 1st base on his knees like he was celebrating a goal. Rene Rivera got his 2nd hit today. It is his first 2 hit game since May 30th, 2011.

Huston Street enters the bottom of the 9th for the save opportunity. The first two hitters, Francisco and Betancourt, were sent down K Street. After the 2 strikeouts, Street walked Gindl, but got Martin Maldonado to pop out and end the game.

There it was, everyone. The first series win since June 14-16th and the first one on the road since May 14-15th in Baltimore. The 16 hits and 10 runs were just enough to hold on to this victory. Tomorrow, the Padres face the Diamondbacks in the last road series of July. Eric Stults will take on Randall Delgado.

Happy flight and win the next series, Padres!

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