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Nerd Power not enough: Brewers fall to Padres 6-5 in extra innings

Eric Sogard hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the tenth, but the Padres walked off in the bottom of the inning.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

WP: Jose Torres (2-2)
LP: Oliver Drake (2-1)

HR: Jesus Aguliar (3), Eric Sogard (2), Hunter Renfroe (7)

Box Score

The magic almost carried over for another night. Unfortunately, they were just short of enough to finish it off.

It was another rough night for Chase Anderson. Most of the damage against him was done in the second inning, when he allowed a walk to Austin Hedges, a single to Erick Aybar, an RBI double to Hunter Renfroe, and an RBI triple to pitcher Luis Perdomo. Overall, Anderson allowed four earned runs on six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Two of those hits were a double and a triple allowed to the pitcher. Anderson’s ERA has jumped from 1.13 on April 22 to 3.43 today, and has allowed four earned runs in three of his last four starts.

The Brewers started chipping away at the lead in the fourth. Eric Sogard took a pitch to lead off the inning, then Hernan Perez, Jesus Aguilar, and Domingo Santana hit three singles in a row to close the game to 3-2. The Padres took a run back in the fifth. Luis Perdomo doubled to lead of the inning, then Cory Spangenberg singled to drive in Perdomo, though ran into an out on the basepaths. Aguilar took the run back in the sixth with a home run to make it 4-3.

The bullpen helped keep the game close today. Jared Hughes relieved Anderson and worked around a walk for 23 of an inning. Carlos Torres allowed two hits in his inning, and Jacob Barnes allowed a walk but nothing else in an inning.

The Brewers tied up the game in the eighth inning. Hernan Perez hit a leadoff triple, then Domingo Santana drove him in on a single, though he was thrown out trying to extend it to a double. The score held there heading into the ninth inning. After the Brewers went down in order, Craig Counsell opted to bring in Corey Knebel in the ninth in a tie game to try to keep it a tie. After striking out Manuel Margot to record his 21st straight appearance with a strikeout (a new Brewers record), Cory Spangenberg hit a single with a full count. He then stole second, and the Brewers elected to intentionally walk Wil Myers and bring up Ryan Schimpf. Knebel struck out Schimpf, then struck out Austin Hedges to send it to extra innings.

In the tenth inning, nerd power struck again. With one out, Eric Sogard came to the plate. Despite it being a lefty vs. lefty matchup, Eric Sogard hit it out to right field to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead. Jesus Aguilar hit a two-out triple (that fell right between the left and center fielder) to give the Brewers another chance at a run, but Domingo Santana struck out to end the inning. On the night, Aguilar went 3-for-5, with a single, triple, and home run.

Oliver Drake came in for his first career save chance in the bottom of the tenth. He allowed a leadoff single to Erick Aybar to start the inning, then a wild pitch allowed Aybar to take second. The wild pitch ended up being irrelevant, as Hunter Renfroe hit one just out to left field to walk off for the Padres 6-5.

The series against the Padres continues tomorrow night. Jimmy Nelson is back on the mound, facing Clayton Richard. First pitch is at 9:10 pm.