The first batter of the game, Carlos Gomez, sent a message to the Padres. He came out hacking. Diving out over the plate he drove a single to CF. Gomez would aggressively steal second base, then make it third on an infield hit by Ryan Braun that deflected off of Padres pitcher Eric Stults. He would score when a loopy curve ball was laced by Aramis Ramirez through the 5.5 hole. Coming off a couple of very good outings, Stultsy was behind in this one.
The Padres saw Gomez' message and tried to answer back. In the first inning some over-aggressiveness turned a one out, two men on situation into a two out, one on situation when Will Venable was caught trying to steal before Lohse had committed to the plate. Lohse easily picked him off. In the top of 2nd inning Yangervis Solarte alertly dove for a ball ticketed to CF to get the first out. That aggressive dive for the ball may have saved a run as the next sequence was single, bunt, fly ball. That sort of defense would be key given Stults' tendency to give up all these hard hit balls on the day.
In the bottom of that 2nd inning, the Padres did answer that initial score. A nicely driven single by Maybin would start the rally. Next, Alexi Amarista looped a ball to left field that just barely stayed fair. Maybin, running on the play, scored from 1st and allowed Amarista to take third base for a triple. The rally would fizzle out however because after a walk to Chris Nelson (the 3rd Padres walk of the game) Amarista, possibly with that aggressive early message in his head, was thrown out on a fielder's choice. Solarte's following single only loaded the bases before Will Venable struck out to end the threat.
The Brewers did not take this lying down. The gauntlet was thrown down and a challenge was answered. The next move was to do something dramatic. Another hanging curve by Eric Stults would do the trick. Ryan Braun drilled that fat pitch to the bullpens for a two out solo shot. The Brewers would tack on one more as Stults seemed to get rattled by the dinger. The Padres would not respond again before the Brew Crew added a fourth as well. In the 5th inning Aramis Ramirez would take another fat pitch deep and Stults would have to strand a few runners before getting through the inning that be his last.
Stults would be through after 5, but the Brewers weren't through punishing the Padres. Blaine Boyer's heat provided a different look to the Milwaukee hitters, but it did not bother them. With runner on 1st and 2nd Aramis Ramirez hit a ground rule double to score a man from 2nd base and make it 5-1. A bloop double by Khris Davis that Seth Smith struggled with would progress the misery to 6-1 and a sacrifice fly by Rickie Weeks would make it 7-1 and officially signal the rout was on. One more in the 7th and two in the 9th would give us the final score of 10-1.
With the game decided early and decidedly not going the Friars' way, the comments petered out without much fanfare. Nevertheless, here are the stats.
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