Padres 6, Brewers 2: Offense struggles again

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers only muster four hits and fall to the Padres for the second consecutive night.

Win: Tyson Ross (1-0)
Loss: Donovan Hand (0-2)

HR: Will Venable (12), Nick Hundley (7), Khris Davis (1)

MVP: Jeff Bianchi (.080 WPA)
LVP: Tyler Thornburg (-.181 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph


For the second consecutive night, the Brewers offense was unable to find its way against an inexperienced pitcher and can only manage to collect four hits in a loss to the Padres.

The Padres wasted little time getting something started against the Brewers tonight scoring a run in the first inning. Everth Cabrera started the game off with a single and moved over to third on grounders from Alexi Amarista and Chase Headley before Yadier Alonso singled with two outs to score Cabrera.

Puzzled for most of the night by Tyson Ross, the Brewers were unable to answer until the third inning. Jeff Bianchi started the inning off with a single and promptly stole second base. As pitcher Donovan Hand prepared to sacrifice bunt Bianchi to third, a pitch got away from Tyson Ross and hit Hand on his throwing hand.

Aoki followed the hit by pitch with a ground ball to second base resulting in a force out of Hand. Ross attempted to pickoff Aoki at first, but missed his target on the throw allowing Schafer to score from third and tie the game at 1-1.

After allowing the training staff to take a long look at his hand, Hand came back out to pitch the fourth inning and gave up a home run to the inning's first batter Will Venable. Hand would be removed after the inning and replaced by Tyler Thornburg. X-rays came back negative and he will be day-to-day with a right hand contusion.

Thornburg struggled in his four innings of work this evening, giving up two runs in each the sixth and seventh inning. In the sixth, Mark Kotsay led off the inning with a single before Nick Hundley homered for the seventh time this season. Next inning, Thornburg was able to get the first two outs before giving up three consecutive singles and two runs to bring the tally to 6-1.

In his first at-bat since being back in Milwaukee, Khris Davis crushed a ball to the opposite field for his first career Major League home run. After watching Davis struggle with the Brewers earlier this season, it was good to see him show off his skills and lift one into right field. Ultimately, Davis's first home run would be the only thing the Brewers added to their tally and they fell 6-2.

The Brewers will be back at it tomorrow in the third game of their four-game series against the Padres. Kyle Lohse will take the mound looking to bring the Brewers their first victory of the series against Sean O'Sullivan for the Padres. O'Sullivan will be making just his second start of the season for the Padres. First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m.

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