The Brewers did very little right today in losing to the Padres in San Diego, 11-0. Junior Guerra surrendered four runs (all earned) in his four innings of work, giving up six hits, three walks, and striking out five. Jhan Marinez didn’t fare any better, with four runs (all earned) on three hits and a walk in his two inning. David Goforth was worse, with a four hit inning and three earned in the seventh.
Blaine Boyer had the eighth and joined the fun by allowing a hit and walk to start the inning. A hit batter loaded the bases. Boyer induced a double play ball, scoring the 12th run for San Diego. A fly-out ended the inning, so Blaine tied Juni G with lowest ERA for the game at 9.0.
Every Padre in the starting line-up had at least one hit, and they had 5 doubles and 2 homers. Four players had multi-hit games.
Worse yet, the Brewers were totally dominated at the plate by journeyman pitcher Edwin Jackson. By the time Milwaukee finally got on the board they trailed 11-0. Jonathan Villar had a groundrule double down the left field line and was singled home by Scooter Gennett. Ryan Braun followed with his second homer of the series and sixteenth of the season, pulling the Brewers within 8. Jackson must have been tired after his RBI double off of Goforth in the seventh.
Loogy Buddy Baumann took over for Jackson in the ninth, and worked around a two out hit by Manny Pina to finish things off.
For good measure, the Brewers also committed two errors.
It is hard to believe that the Brewers don’t have a pitcher that they’d like to take a look at in place of David Goforth. So far this year with the Brewers, he has pitched 9.2 innings, has an ERA of 10.24, a WHIP of 1.96, and has allowed 3 homers. Kind of unfair to single out David after a team pitching performance like today’s, but the outing for Goforth was unfortunately not an outlying performance.
The Brewers travel to Phoenix, and after an off day Thursday put their 48-58 record up against the fading D’Backs (43-65). The D’Backs, also off Thursday, have a team ERA now north of 5. The Brewers hope to recover from a poor series in San Diego, and Arizona might be just what the Doctor orderd - they have lost 25 of their last 32. Chase Anderson (6-10, 5.13) will face Braden Shipley (1-1. 4.76).