The offensive frustrations continued for the Brewers today as they scored just 3 runs while leaving 10 men on base and going 1-12 with runners in scoring position. Fortunately that was enough as the club was able to eke out a 3-2 win to split the series with San Diego.
Zach Davies started for the Brewers and had his good control working today. He earned the Brewers another quality start for a pitching staff that appears to be settling in a little bit of late (outside of Wily Peralta). Zach lasted 6.1 innings while allowing just three hits and no walks. Two earned runs scored against Davies (one on a homer by Brett Wallace), but he struck out 6 batters and threw 95 pitches. Pitching into the seventh inning hasn't been something Brewers' starters have done much of this year so Davies should be commended for his effort even though he didn't factor into the decision.
The bullpen continued their excellent work of late as well, with Blaine Boyer, Michael Blazek, and Jeremy Jeffress combining for 2.2 scoreless innings to finish out the game. Jeffress in particular has been nails this year and saved his 10th game in 10 tries, he now owns a 2.16 ERA and 10:3 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings pitched this year.
With Ryan Braun missing his second consecutive day, the trade bait brothers of Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter powered the offense. Carter sat yesterday in the midst of a long slump, but powered out of that today with a solo home run in the third inning off of San Diego starter Cesar Vargas. Lucroy had a solo home run himself in the fifth off Vargas.
109.5 MPH, 27 degree launch angle, projected distance 443ft https://t.co/D04b5gmjLz— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 15, 2016
With reliever Kevin Quackenbush pitching in the seventh inning, Luc lead off with a line drive single. CC was the next hitter up and smashed an RBI double to score the winning run.
With the win, the Brewers move their record to 16-22 on the season and the Padres fall to 17-22. Milwaukee has an off day tomorrow before starting a three game series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Chase Anderson is scheduled to make the start against RHP Kyle Hendricks at 7:10 PM CST at Miller Park.