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Brewers snap losing streak: MIL 4, SDP 1

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Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers his fifth quality start in a row.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson
Opponent Starting Pitcher: Andrew Cashner

Winning Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson
Losing Pitcher: Andrew Cashner

SV: Francisco Rodriguez (24)

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The Brewers struck first today but what could have been a bigger inning was limited to one run by some poor base running decisions. Scooter Gennett led of the third inning with a double and then advanced to third on a ground out by Jonathan Lucroy. With just one out Andrew Cashner--who owns a career ground ball rate above fifty percent--decided to be very careful to Ryan Braun and ended up walking him on four straight balls. Braun then punished his caution by stealing second base eliminating the double play opportunity. Adam Lind who had been stuck in something of funk in recent weeks scorched a grounder to third base and Gennett took off on contact only to end up in a run down. He did stay in it long enough to allow both runners to advance. Khris Davis then hit a liner up the middle driving in the lone run. Instead of stopping at third base Adam Lind was sent home and thrown out by a few feet.

Some poor defense in the next inning would allow the Padres to tie the game. After an 11 pitch battle Jimmy Nelson got Matt Kemp to ground to third. Instead of securing the out Elian Herrera made a poor throw allowing Kemp to get to second base. A wild pitch sent him to third base allowing Yonder Alonso to turn a routine fly out into an RBI.

Fortunately the Brewers would immediately regain the lead. Preseason waiver claim Shane Peterson led off the fourth inning with a triple. A batter later Elian Herrera would hit a grounder through the left side of the infield to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.

Brewers future bench coach Pat Murphy decided to play musical chairs in the seventh inning. Kevin Quakenbush got one out before giving up a double to Braun and being removed in favor of lefty Mark Rzepczynski. He faced Adam Lind who blooped a single to shallow left. Rzepcynski was pulled for Shawn Kelley. Davis hit a sac fly for his second RBI of the night extending the Brewers lead to 3-1. The Padres opted to intentionally walk Shane Peterson to face Jean Segura. He lined one up the middle and Lind was once again sent home. The original call was safe. It was close and the Padres asked for a review which ultimately upheld the call giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead.

That lead was kept intact through the eighth inning to give Francisco Rodriguez an opportunity for his 24th save in as many opportunities. Two ground outs and a strike out later the game was over. Brewers won 4-1.

With this win the Brewers improve their season record to 45-63.

Noteworthy Offensive Contribution

Shane Peterson has been given a larger role since the Brewers traded both Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra. Coming into this game he was hitting 296/367/357 mostly as a pinch hitter. In this game he went 2 for 4 with a triple, single, and walk. His run in the fourth inning would prove to be the game winner.

With Logan Schafer and Elian Herrera his only competition for playing time in center field the rest of this season I suspect the Brewers will give Shane Peterson every chance to prove himself. I don't think he's a future regular but as the majority of the Brewers outfielders at the major league level and upper minors are right handed hitters (Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Michael Reed, Domingo Santana, and Tyrone Taylor) Peterson could establish himself as an excellent complimentary player and fourth outfielder.

Noteworth Pitching Performance

Jimmy Nelson was just one pitch away from finishing the seventh inning. He had a full count on Derek Norris but the final pitch was a ball. It was the only walk he issued in this game but with his pitch count at 112 Craig Counsell opted to remove him. Nelson went 6.2 IP with 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 3 hits (singles), and 4 strikeouts. On the season he has now thrown 136 innings with a 3.57 ERA.

Next Game:

Wednesday August 5, 7:10 pm CST: Taylor Jungmann vs Ian Kennedy