It’s no secret the Padres consist of a young group of ball players, and with an inexperienced bunch there is always going to be a learning period with plenty of bumps and bruises. The real test is how they come back from those knocks. The last ten games have been an uphill battle, even with the offensive explosion against the Rockies. All their victories on the road were late, come from behind wins, and after a brutal trip for the pitching staff, expectations were pretty low for this short stint at home against the top shelf Milwaukee Brewers.
Giving the San Diego fans a glimpse into the future and reminding us just how special this young group is, the Padres’ bullpen got exactly what the doctor ordered. As Joey Luchessi was able to pitch deep into the game, throwing 7 scoreless innings. Some say it’s the full moon and some say it’s something in the air, but whatever it is, we need to keep it coming. Although the Padres offense was quieter than we are used to, a stellar performance from Joey Luchessi, Craig Stammen, and Kirby Yates, allowed the Padres’ 2 runs off 7 hits to be just enough. Those three held the red-hot Brewers to only 4 hits and ended the evening with a shutout.
In the bottom of the 1st, the Padres got a lucky bounce, as a line drive hit by Manny Machado deflects of the Milwaukee pitcher then ricochets off the second base umpire. This allowed Machado to reach second on what should have been an easy out for the Brewers. During the commotion, Eric Hosmer made his way around to third base. With Jhoulys Chacin wanting nothing to do with Hunter Renfroe, he pitched around the strike zone, and let one slip past Yasmani Grandal. As the ball rolled to the backstop Homser was able to score easily. Later in the 3rd Manny Machado went yard to score the only other run of the night.
Final score: Padres 2-0