The Padres hosted the Brewers this afternoon, with Jarred Cosart getting the start for the Padres and Zach Davies for the Brew Crew. The Padres’ starting lineup was pretty indicative of what we might see during the regular season, with the notable absences of Manuel Margot, Ryan Schimpf, and Yangervis Solarte. Margot is resting a tender knee, and Schimpf experienced soreness in his oblique earlier this week. Solarte was representing his native Venezuela in an exhibition game against the Rangers. Here’s the starting lineup for today’s game:
Cosart’s start was shaky and brief. Three straight Brewer singles brought a run home in the first inning. The Padres failed to respond right away, as only Wil Myers mustered a base hit in the bottom of the first. Cosart retired the first two hitters in the second inning before being relieved by Jason Jester. Jester completed the 1-2-3 inning, but ran in to his own trouble in the third. A single and a hit batsman put two ducks on the pond for Domingo Santana, who cleared the bases with a homer to center. At the middle of the third inning, the Brewers led 4-0
The Padres finally got on the board in the bottom of the third, thanks to a Wil Myers homer to right-center. Kevin Quackenbush pitched a clean fourth against he Brewers. Luis Torrens led off the bottom of the fourth with a double (after relieving Austin Hedges, who left the game with a sore hamstring), and Jabari Blash brought him home via a ground ball out. Buddy Baumann matched Quackenbush’s zero in the fifth. The Padres trailed 4-2 after five innings of play.
Brad Wieck came on to pitch the sixth inning, and it got away from him real quick. Three walks and two hits equal three earned runs in this case, and manager Andy Green brought in lefty Keith Hessler to stop the bleeding. Hessler came back out in the seventh and promptly gave up a home run to Michael Reed before retiring the side, bringing the Padres’ deficit to six at 8-2 at the seventh inning stretch. Logan Bawcom and Phil Maton pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, giving up only one hit. The Padres bats remained quiet through the closing innings, and the final score remained 8-2, Brewers.
Elsewhere, some Padres are in action playing for their respective countries in World Baseball Classic games. Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI for Venezuela against the Rangers. Jamie Romak and Josh Naylor are on the bench for Canada currently, but could see action before the game is over. Luis Urias and Carlos Fisher will suit up for Team Mexico, and I heard that Bryan Rodriguez is on Team Dominican Republic, but I haven’t seen him listed on a game roster yet. Tune in to those WBC matchups for some entertaining ball. Tomorrow, the Padres face the Angels, with Clayton Richard penciled in to start.