WP: Zach Davies (5-2)
LP: Kevin Quackenbush (0-1)
SV: Corey Knebel (3)
HR: Hunter Renfroe (8)
The story of this series has been Eric Sogard, so why should the final game be any different? The utility infielder drove in 3 of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4 runs and reached base five times. The five games before this, Sogard was hitting .462/.588/1.077 and the 4 for 4 day now bring him up to a .588 average.
On the mound, the Brewers got a good performance from Zach Davies. Davies made it through 6 innings for the first time all season and could have gone longer had he not been replaced by Eric Thames as a pinch hitter. Before that, Davies was only at 82 pitches.
Davies only ran into two bad spots. The first came in the 2nd inning. The slow speed pitcher threw a ball that was belted into left field by Hunter Renfroe, giving the Padres a 1-run lead. Then in the 6th, the Padres would get a run in on a double play.
As mentioned before, the Brewers offense was led by Eric Sogard. After the Renfroe home run, Sogard would tie the game with a single in the top of the 5th. Then in the 7th, Sogard belted a two-run double to put the Brewers up for good.
Outside of Sogard, there’s nothing of note offensively for the Brewers. A run was scored by Keon Broxton in the ninth on a ground out by Jonathan Villar, but no one had nearly the day Sogard did.
The ninth inning was handled by Corey Knebel, who had a shaky but successful outing. He threw 27 pitches, and just 14 of those went for strikes. Two Padres walked, but Knebel struck out the side to save the game. That moves Knebel’s streak of appearances with a strikeout to a franchise-record 23.
Up next, the Crew heads to Chicago to take on the Cubs. Paolo Espino (0-0, -.— ERA) will make his major league debut after a 10-year stint in the minors. He’ll be facing off against Eric Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for Chicago. First pitch is at 1:20 p.m.