After back-to-back extra-innings slugfests, the Padres and the Brewers changed things up today with a good, old fashioned pitchers’ duel. Luis Perdomo was pretty good, holding Milwaukee to a pair of runs in six innings of work. But Jimmy Nelson was great, allowing just one run while fanning six Friars in his complete game.
No runs were scored until the fifth inning, due in part to some great work getting out of jams on the Padres’ part. In the second inning, the Brew Crew led off with a trio of singles to load the bases. But Perdomo induced a 1-2-3 double play before punching out Nelson to end the inning.
The Padres ran into more trouble in the third. Eric Sogard led off the inning with a double, and Eric Thames followed with a walk. But Perdomo got Hernan Perez to pop out, and then Franchy Cordero turned on his afterburners for an incredible double play.
The Padres finally got on the board in the fifth when Cory Spangenberg and Erick Aybar led off with back-to-back singles and errors from the Brew Crew allowed both of them to advance an extra base.
That lead, however, was short-lived. Perdomo gave up solo shots to Hernan Perez and Manny Pina, and the offense wasn’t able to come up with another run.
The Friars are taking a quick trip down the road to Chicago, where they open a series against the Cubs at 5:05 PM tomorrow.