The final home stand of the season began tonight for the Milwaukee Brewers, and their opponent was the San Diego Padres who are in town for four games. Zach Davies got the start for the Brew Crew. Former Angels’ ace Garrett Richards, took the mound for the Padres for the first time in 2019 since signing a two-year deal following Tommy John.
Milwaukee scored first in this one. Ryan Braun led the inning off with a laser beam into the right-center field gap, resulting in a double. He advanced to third via a wild pitch by Richards. Cory Spangenberg was able to plate Braun with a single up the middle, and the Brewers were off and going, 1-0.
Zach Davies had some issues with command to start the fourth inning. Those command issues resulted in a walk to Manny Machado as the “boo” birds echoed throughout Miller Park. Eric Hosmer followed with a shot off the wall in centerfield that scored Machado and tied the score.
The Brewers responded in the bottom half of the fourth. Ryan Braun got things rolling again with a single to right. Eric Thames hit a laser into right for a double, and Cory Spangenberg brought both runners home with a triple over the head of Wil Myers in center. The Brewers retook the lead 3-1.
The Brewers scored a fourth run in the bottom of the fifth. Travis Shaw pinch hit for Zach Davies. With back-to-back 30 home run seasons in 2017 and 2018, 2019 has been a miserable season for the Brewers’ third baseman. His pinch hit appearance was not a miserable experience. He launched a line drive home run that rocketed over the wall at 112.5 mph. It was his first home run in the major leagues in three months, and hopefully a sign of good things to come.
Orlando Arcia delivered for the Brewers in the bottom of the sixth. With Lorenzo Cain on first, Arcia hit a rope that hit the left field wall. Arcia got the double, and LoCain scored the fifth run of the night for Milwaukee.
Fastball Freddy Peralta replaced Davies on the mound, and he was impressive pitching the next two innings. In the sixth and seventh innings, he struck out four, including Mr. Machado, while walking one. Pumping 96-98 mph, the Padres’ hitters had extreme difficulties catching up with Fastball Freddy.
Alex Claudio took care of the eighth. Jay Jackson continues to impress as he struck out the side to end the ballgame in the ninth. The Brewers are rolling as they win 5-1
These two teams go at again tomorrow evening at Miller Park. First Pitch is scheduled for 6:40 CT. Chris Paddack will go for the Padres. Brandon Woodruff gets his first start in two months. He is likely to function more as an opener or at least a piggyback starter with Gio Gonzalez in the ready behind him. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and heard on WTMJ.