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Padres pounce on poor pitching and defense; Brewers lose 4-1

It just wasn't Jimmy Nelson's night.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Winning Pitcher: Tyson Ross

Losing Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson

SV: Joaquin Benoit

HR: Abraham Almonte (2)

Win Expectancy Chart


Jimmy Nelson is a very good young pitcher. On this night he was a very good young pitcher that got off to a rough start. In the first inning he allowed a solo home run to Abraham Almonte. Things didn't really get frustrating until the third inning. Opposing pitcher Tyson Ross led off with a double. Almonte drove him in with a single. Then a botched double play attempt left runners at first and second for Yasmani Grandal who would drive in another run with a single. A ground out would drive in another run before the inning ended giving the Padres a commanding 4-0 lead.

Tyson Ross is also a very good young pitcher, only he did not get off to a rough start. While the Brewers (Khris Davis) did get a hit in the second inning, they didn't put up much of a fight until the fourth. Jonathan Lucroy led off with a double and reached third on an error. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez followed up with two back to back strikeouts. Ross made them look silly. Thankfully Scooter Gennett was in no mode for silliness. He drove in Lucroy with a laser shot that resulted in a ground rule double to right-center. Davis drew a walk which ended with a passed ball allowing Gennett to advance to third. For some unfathomable reason Davis decided it would be a good idea to attempt a steal. Inning ended when he was tagged out by a mile.

Marco Estrada took over for Nelson in the sixth inning. He sat down the Padres in order. He also pitched around a base hit in the seventh inning.

Tyson Ross got one out in the seventh inning before being removed after walking Scooter Gennett. Nick Vincent came on in relief. He immediately ended the inning by inducing a ground ball for a double play off the bat of Khris Davis.

Kevin Quackenbush pitched the eighth inning for the friars. He was able to pitch around a base hit by Jean Segura.

Tom Gorzelanny pitched the eighth inning for the beer makers. He was able to pitch around a walk, a single, and another walk.

The Brewers sent the heart of their order up to the plate in the ninth: Lucroy-Braun-Ramirez. Joaquin Benoit retired them in order.

The Brewers and Padres battle for the series win tomorrow as Yovani Gallardo takes on Odrisamer Despaigne. Start time is 8:10 pm CT.

Other Notes:

  • After dropping the first game to the Cardinals, the Pirates take the second game thanks to a late inning 3-run HR by Ike Davis. So the silver lining is that the Brewers don't lose ground to the Cardinals.