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Padres drop third spring game to Brewers 8-5

Still working out the kinks!

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres (1-3) overcame an early 4-0 deficit thanks to a three-RBI effort by infielder Gosuke Katoh, but ultimately fell to the Brewers (3-1) by a score of 8-5 after a three-run flurry in the top of the game’s final inning.

Overall, it was poor day for the Padres’ usual starters that did end up playing as the likes of Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham, and Jake Cornenworth all combined to go 1-for-6 from the plate with two strikeouts.

The Brewers were first to strike as a wild pitch by Mark Melancon allowed second baseman Mark Mathias to get home early in the second. Two innings later, third baseman Pablo Reyes went yard for a three-run shot to give Milwaukee their 4-0 lead.

The Padres finally got on the board in the sixth when Jorge Mateo knocked a double into right center, bringing home Gosuke for the first time. CJ Abrams then lined a base hit left which brought home Mateo. After the Brewers added on an additional run in the top of the seventh, Katoh with his own three-run homer to left field.

In the games eighth and final inning, 27-year old James Reeves struggled to limit any damage at all. He walked his second batter, hit the third, and allowed a RBI base hit against his fourth. After walking his second man of the inning, he threw an ill-advised pitch which scored another. A final pop fly into center was scored Milwaukee’s last run of the game.

Newly acquired Blake Snell pitched the first inning of the game, ending with a single K and one walk. Tim Hill led the bullpen with three strikeouts in his one inning of work.

The Padres take the field tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. against the Rangers (0-2).