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Brewers edge Padres 3-2

WP: Zach Davies (9-4) LP: Luis Perdomo (5-5) Save: Tyler Thornburg (3) Homeruns: Mil, Ryan Braun (15); SD, none

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Tyler Thornburg earned his 3rd save of the season
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Top two relievers traded? No problem. The Brewers' revamped bullpen totally shut down the Padres in relief of Zach Davies, helping the rookie righty move to a 9-4 record. Top prospect Orlando Arcia made his Brewer debut and had an uneventful 0-4 at the plate, and an uneventful night at short, logging three assists and three putouts.

The Brewers had a hit an inning for five tonight, and entered the top of the sixth tied 1-1 with the Padres. Five pitches into the sixth the Brewers had 3 more hits and 2 more runs. Ryan Braun homered on Luis Perdomo’s first pitch of the inning, a hanging curve. Hernan Perez waited for the third pitch to get an infield single into the hole at short, and Chris Carter doubled down the leftfield line to plate Perez.

The Brewers failed to plate the third run of the inning with Orlando Arcia grounding to short. Martin Maldonado was walked intentionally, and Zach Davies struck out. The Brewers led 3-1 into the bottom of the sixth.

The Padres chased Davies in the bottom of the sixth. Wil Myers capped a nine pitch at bat with a solid single to left, and one out later Zach walked Alex Dickerson. Jabari Blash’s liner tipped off of Villar’s glove at third, driving in Myers and ending the night for Davies. Carlos Torres relieved, and retired Norris on a short flyball to Perez in right.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, and it was all Perez. His flyball to the warning track in right eluded Blash and bounced into the seats for a ground rule double. Hernan stole third without a throw and scored on Perdomo’s wild pitch.

The Padres tied it in their half of the fourth. Davies retired the first two, giving him 9 straight, but walked Blash. Jabari stole second, also without a throw, and scored on Derek Norris’ 0-2 base hit to left. The Padres thought they had a run scoring pattern, and sent Norris, but Maldonado gunned him down easily.

Leading 3-2 in the top of the seventh, a Brewer rally was short circuited by Jonathan Villar’s second baserunning error of the night. Villar singled to lead off the inning and stole second with Braun batting and one down. Braun was then walked intentionally. Both runners were going when Perez grounded his third hit of the game into the hole at short, but Villar kept going around third and was caught for the second out of the inning. Both runners behind him advanced in the rundown, and when Chris Carter walked it loaded the bases and ended the night for Perdomo. Lefty reliever Buddy Baumann came in to face Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Counsell countered with Jake Elmore, who flew deep into leftcenter for the final out of the inning.

Villar had singled leading off the game but was picked off to end the inning. Three hits and a walk as the lead-off hitter, but two baserunning errors for outs. It has to come some time, doesn’t it?

Both Brewer corner outfielders had great catches tonight. In the fourth, Perez made a sliding catch on a looping liner down the rightfield line for the second out. Braun had a full out diving catch of a Texas Leaguer down the leftfield line to end the seventh.

Brewer relievers Carlos Torres and Corey Knebel worked the last out of the sixth and the seventh and eighth, retiring all seven batters they faced.

Tyler Thornburg, freshly into his closer’s role, faced Dickerson, Blash, and Norris in the ninth - they had reached base six times, scored one, and driven in both of the Padres’ runs. Tyler finished a perfect night for the pen, striking out Blash and Norris to finish things off.

The Brewers (48-57) send Junior Guerra (7-2, 2.70) to the mound going for the series win against the Padres' (46-61) Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.46).