Brandon Woodruff has looked downright dominant at times this season for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he took the mound on Tuesday night hoping to turn the tide on what has been a mostly miserable west coast road trip for his team over the past several days. Things got off to a promising start for Woody, who worked around an error by Orlando Arcia to the first batter Fernando Tatis, Jr. and cruised through the first three innings without a hit.
The no-hit bid was broken up in the fourth (despite a valiant effort from Hernan Perez on Manny Machado’s groundball single up the middle), but Woodruff carried his shutout into the fifth inning. As has been the case for the other starters on this trip, that’s when things began to go haywire. It started with a one-out single by opposing pitcher Logan Allen, his first career hit in his MLB debut. Then a walk to Greg Garcia. Tatis single to right field to load the bases. That brought Eric Hosmer to the plate, and he laced a line drive down the line towards third base that was caught on an outstanding diving play by Mike Moustakas. Moose would have been better off pocketing the ball after that, though, as he attempted to throw to first to double off Tatis and the ball sailed well over the head of Jesus Aguilar. The error allowed the game’s first run to come across. Machado, the next batter, smashed a ground-rule double that scored Garcia to make it 2-0 before Woodruff got Hunter Renfroe on a liner to end the threat.
The Friars added another pair of runs in the sixth inning. Josh Naylor singled to lead off the frame and two batters later, Francisco Mejia launched his first home run of the season over the fence in right center field to make it 4-0. Woodruff ended up working through six innings, allowing the four runs on seven hits with a walk and six punchouts. His ERA rises to 4.02 on the season.
Corbin Burnes struck out the side in the seventh and Alex Claudio worked around a hit and two walks in the eighth to keep the Padres at those four runs, but that would be more than enough for Logan Allen and the San Diego Nine. Allen ended up working seven scoreless frames during his first MLB appearance, yielding only three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Milwaukee scored their lone run in the eighth inning when reliever Trey Wingenter uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Jesus Aguilar to score. Kirby Yates tossed a scoreless ninth for his 26th save of the year.
The Brewers didn’t get anything going on offense all night long and the defense committed three errors, but the worst news may be in regard to Mike Moustakas. Already playing with a broken bone in his right hand, Moose was hit by a pitch on the left hand leading off the fifth inning. He stayed in the game for another inning before being replaced by Travis Shaw. X-rays were reportedly negative, but Craig Counsell said that he’d give Moustakas the day off on Wednesday for the series finale, and there is not yet a timeline for how long Moose might be on the shelf.
The Cream City Nine (40-33) looks to stave off a three-game sweep in San Diego on Wednesday afternoon before heading back to Miller Park. Zach Davies will start against Matt Strahm, with first pitch scheduled for 2:40 PM central.