Brewers 3, Padres 1: Frying the Friars


Carlos Gomez and Kyle Lohse won this one for the Crew.

Win: Kyle Lohse (7-7)
Loss: Sean O'Sullivan (0-2)
Save: Jim Henderson (11)

HR: Hundley (8)

MVP: Carlos Gomez (.406 WPA)
LVP: Juan Francisco (-.194 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph


If Kyle Lohse does indeed get traded at the deadline, he sure helped make it easier for the Brewers to find a taker. Lohse was once again excellent, pitching seven innings of five hit ball and allowing just one earned run. He struck out six batters and walked none and, in general, was fantastic. With this start, he now has a 2.49 ERA since June 1.

He was supported by John Axford and Jim Henderson in relief, who combined to pitch two nearly perfect innings with three strikeouts. The only blemish was a walk by Henderson.

The offense still isn't quite there yet, but Carlos Gomez broke out of his slump in a big way, going 4-4 with a double and two RBI. He also stole a base. Jonathan Lucroy had a nice day as well, reaching base three times on a double and two walks, while Norichika Aoki stole a base and scored two runs.

The Padres took the lead in the third inning as Lohse's one blemish came on a home run to Nick Hundley. That lead would not last for long, however. In the bottom half of the frame, Carlos Gomez doubled with the bases loaded to bring in two runs and give Milwaukee a lead they would not relinquish.

That didn't stop Gomez from working in another run in a more creative way. He won't get an RBI for this, but it should be. After he singled to move Norichika Aoki to third, Gomez stole second and Padres pitcher Dale Thayer threw to third, hoping to keep Aoki on base. Chase Headley than threw to second in hopes of pegging down Gomez (as if, Chase), but threw the ball away slightly and allowed Aoki to score.

The Brewers and Padres play again tomorrow. It's a weekday afternoon game this time as Yovani Gallardo takes on Edinson Volquez with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 CT.

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