One down and nine to go. The Padres began their 10 game road trip with a loss versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew Cashner came into the game on a hot streak. Four straight quality starts that included 2 wins and a one hitter. He had yet to allow more than two runs in a single outing. He had only allowed four runs all year. He had not allowed four in a single game since August 2013. That all changed today against the hot bats of the Brewers.
Cashner worked in and out of trouble in both the first and second innings. A leadoff walk to the controversial Carlos Gomez resulted in a runner-on-third-no-outs situation when an errant throw on a stolen base attempt advanced Gomez. The next three would go down in order to avert the danger. In the second a one single by Jean Segura followed by a stolen base had the Brewers threatening again. Cashner retired the next two to keep the game scoreless. However, in the third no such tight wire act was able to be walked. The pitcher, Wily Peralta, doubled and then scored on a Scooter Gennett triple. Then Gennett would score on a Ryan Braun sac fly that Will Venable made a great play on at the wall. Aramis Ramirez finished off the 3 run rally with a home run to CF.
The Padres bats were held in check for the first three innings by Peralta, but answered the Brewers 3 runs with 2 of their own in the fourth inning. After a Seth Smith single and a Chase Headley walk, Yonder Alonso swatted his second hit of the day to drive in Smith. Then Denorfia hit what looked to be a routine 6-4-3 double play, but as Alonso slid into second base his arm got in the way of the throw. The ball got away and Headley came around to score. Alonso hobbled off the field, but would stay in the game.
Cashner did not let the Brewers counter in the 4th, but the 5th yielded that run number 4 that I alluded to in the opening paragraph. Gomez led off another inning by getting on base. This time he slugged a double. Ryan Braun would drive him in later with a 1 out RBI single after a sacrifice bunt by Gennett. Cashner would go one more inning to finish with 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks.
The Padres would an answer again to a Brewers score. Chris Denorfia would lead off the 7th with an oppo-job solo shot to RF. The team looked like it was going to tally more after that when the bases were loaded for both Seth Smith and Chase Headley. Smith flied out without bringing home a run and Headley struck out to increase his franchise lead in that category.
That would be the last real threat for the Friars. The Brewers would try to tack on with their own bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 7th, but Dale Thayer induced a double play from Aramis Ramirez. Things also looked dangerous in the 8th when the Brew Crew had Segura on 3rd and Elian Herrara at 1st with one out. They would again leave the inning empty handed when a strange a play where Hundley had a ball get away, Herrara would try for second and get caught stealing and Segura would proceed to get picked off 3rd base. So the game maintained its one run differential, but that would be all Milwaukee closer Francisco "KRod" Rodriguez would need to close it out.
That is two losses in a row with me doing the recaps. Let's hand this job off to someone else tomorrow and get a W.
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