Win: Jungmann (6-3)
Loss: Kennedy (6-10)
Save: Rodriguez (25)
HR: Wallace (2), Lucroy (4)
Taylor Jungmann appears to be on a mission to single-handedly prove naysayers of the Brewers 2011 draft class wrong. Selected 12th overall that year, Jungmann paired with 15th overall pick Jed Bradley as what, for a bit, appeared to be an underwhelming duo. Bradley still hasn't shown a ton, but Jungmann's rookie season has been hot fire.
Wednesday night saw Jungmann's 7th quality start in 11 tries as he pitched seven innings of six hit ball against the Padres. Jungmann didn't walk a single batter, but he struck out eight. San Diego got two runs against him -- one in the first, one in the seventh -- but otherwise were pretty well shut down by Jungmann. The 25-year-old righty now has a 2.26 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 71.2 innings this year.
There have been plenty of pitchers to have hot stretches for 70 innings. It's why I don't trust one-year sample sizes for relievers -- that's just not a lot of time to go off of. But it's still important to note just how good Jungmann has been. He's the anti-Lohse this season. Only time will tell what his career will ultimately look like, but he's off to a swell start.
Jungmann also received some good support from the Brewers offense as Milwaukee picked up four quick runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer from Jonathan Lucroy. That's just his fourth homer of the year. Shane Peterson also had a two-run triple that inning.
With a 4-2 lead gong into the eighth, the Brewers then got four additional insurance runs, all with two outs, that would prove to be needed. Needed, because the Padres got three runs in the ninth off Corey Knebel, capped off by a two-run Brett Wallace homer. Francisco Rodriguez struck out Derek Norris to pick up a one-out save in relief of Knebel, though.
Oh, Jungmann also picked up a hit as well. He's now batting .316 on the season. Because he's a damn legend.
The Brewers and Padres finish their series with a day game Thursday. First pitch is slated for 1:10 CT.