Jimmy Nelson pitched in and out of trouble for the entirety of his start, allowing baserunners in every inning. The Padres converted a lead-off double in the second by Ryan Schimpf into a 1-0 lead on a groundball RBI from Derek Norris. The run was aided by a wild pitch by Nelson.
Padres’ starter Jarred Cosart faced 16 hitters in his 3.1 innings of work, and 8 of them reached base. None of them scored. Padres’ manager Andy Green finally couldn’t take it any more (Cosart allowed one hit, six walks, and one hit batter) and lifted him for former Brewer Carlos Villanueva in the top of the fourth with two on and one out.
Villanueva got through the inning, but in the top of the fifth Villa gave up a single to Scooter Gennett (11 game hitting streak!) and a two run homer to red-hot Hernan Perez, and the Brewers moved on top 2-1.
Nelson quickly fueled the Padres in the bottom of the fifth by walking lead-off man Travis Jankowski. Jankowski stole second and scored on a single by Alexi Amarista. Wil Myers doubled off the wall in left-center, but Amarista pulled up lame rounding second and only made it to third. Amarista came out, leaving runners on second and third with none out. Yangervis Solarte singled in two, Schempf pulled one down the line for a triple, scoring Solarte, and Jimmy Nelson was done, having retired none of the five hitters he faced in the fifth, trailing 5-2, and responsible for a runner on third with nobody out.
Enter Blaine Boyer, who gave up a sac fly to Adam Rosales but no other runs. Nelson ended the night with 4+ innings, 8 hits, 4 walks, a hit batter, 6 earned runs, and his 10th loss of the season.
The game remained 6-2 until Chris Carter’s 25th homer leading off the eighth. In the bottom of the inning the Padres’ got the run right back after Jankowski walked leading off (the fifth time he led off an inning getting on base). With one down Hernan Perez misplayed Myers’ groundball for an error. With Solarte at the plate both runners took off; Martin Maldonado’s throw went to second and Myers stopped and got in a rundown. When Chris Carter took the throw from Villar Jankowski broke for home and slid in safely. Myers took second on the throw home. I'm not sure how that is scored, but I'd give Jankowski two steals and Myers one. Padres 7, Brewers 4.
Gennett got his second hit of the night with two down in the ninth, but the game ended with no further scoring.
Michael Blazek worked two scoreless innings, and David Goforth allowed the eighth inning run, but it was unearned.
The top five spots in the Padres' order were on base 16 times and scored all 7 San Diego runs. Yikes.
Tomorrow night the Brewers (47-57) send Zach Davies (8-4, 3.59) to the mound against the Padres (46-60) Luis Perdomo (5-4, 6.89)