Win: Kyle Lohse (4-1)
Loss: Tyson Ross (2-3)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (9)
HR: Jean Segura (1), Khris Davis (2)
For most of the Brewers fantastic start of the season, they have been led offensively by the hot bats of Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez. Other players who were expected to contribute heavily -- like, say, Khris Davis and Jean Segura -- have not been very effective this year. In particular, both players have struggled over the past two weeks.
Today, we set aside any concerns about Davis and Segura for a bit. Both players had big days as the Brewers beat the Padres in the rubber-match. Davis picked up two hits, including a solo home run, while scoring two runs. He did strikeout in his other two at-bats, but whatever.
Segura, meanwhile, went 2-3 with a three run homer. That's his first home run since July 30 last year, a span of nearly eight months. Hopefully this is a sign that he is getting back on track: A productive Segura is not only extremely helpful in 2014, but is critical to the Brewers' long-term hopes for success.
Those two homers account for four of the Brewers' runs. The fifth was the very first: Ryan Braun doubled home Scooter Gennett to tie the game up in the first inning after the Padres scored one in the top of the first. Braun ended up reaching base three times with two hits (including a double) and a walk. He was also caught stealing once.
Kyle Lohse was as good as ever, pitching seven innings that will help rest a weary bullpen. He allowed just one earned run on five hits while striking out five batters. Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez held the Padres hitless over the final two frames, allowing two walks in the process.
By the way, Francisco Rodriguez's save gave him nine on the season. Not sure if you've noticed, but that puts him atop the leaderboard in the MLB in that category. He might have so many because, oh, I don't know, the Brewers have the most wins in all of baseball. But, y'know, that's just conjecture. (Second place in saves is some dude by the name of Axford. Like he's any good).
The next victims for the Brewers are the Chicago Cubs. Or at least, I hope the Cubs will be victims. They'll be good enough soon, let's let the Brewers have the limelight a bit. Thursday is an off day, but Chicago and Milwaukee will kick off Friday in Miller Park.
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