Thursday afternoon’s series finale between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres began as a pitcher’s duel but ended with offensive fireworks, as both teams put a licking on the other’s bullpen. Adrian Houser started for Milwaukee and pitched five scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and one walk. He punched out four and induced six ground ball outs to two flyouts. Ryan Weathers opened things up for the Padres; he’s gone back and forth a bit with his role this season — his first in the big leagues, at age 21 — and worked four scoreless frames on 78 pitches, allowing one hit and a pair of walks while fanning five.
Milwaukee’s offense struck first in the fifth inning against Nabil Crissmatt. Daniel Robertson doubled with one out, and moved to third with two outs on a wild pitch. Lorenzo Cain walked to bring up Willy Adames, and he singled to make it a 1-0 game. The next batter, Avisail Garcia, was credited with a hit on a play where Fernando Tatis, Jr. recorded both a fielding and throwing error, and Cain scored to make it a 2-0 game.
Things tilted back towards San Diego in the top of the sixth against Trevor Richards. Tommy Pham doubled to lead the inning off, then scored on a two-out double by Tatis, Jr. Then Eric Hosmer blasted a 1-0 changeup over the fence in center for a two-run shot, making it 3-2 San Diego.
The Brewers stormed back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Kolten Wong singled to lead off, then pinch-hitter Christian Yelich walked. Wong and Yelich pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third for Adames with one out, and they all scored when he smashed a 2-0 knucklecurve from Craig Stammen over the fence in left to make it 5-3.
The lead wouldn’t hold, though, as Devin Williams coughed it up in the eighth. He walked Jurickson Profar to get things started, who stole second base and scored on a one-out single by Tatis, Jr. Hosmer then singled, and Manny Machado hit an RBI double to tie things up at 5-5. Things could have been worse, too — Jackie Bradley, Jr. gunned down Eric Hosmer at home plate as he attempted to score.
Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth and the Brewers went scoreless against old friend Miguel Diaz — who entered the game with a 0.69 ERA in 13.0 innings —so this game went to extras. Brent Suter pitched a scoreless top of the 10th, stranding the automatic runner on second. Leading off the bottom of the 10th, Keston Hiura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runner Omar Narvaez up to third. Luis Urias then flew out, but with two down, JBJ delivered a single to bring home Narvaez a walk things off, 6-5.
The Brewers hit the road to Washington on Friday to begin a three-game weekend series against the Nationals. It’ll be a matchup of veteran lefties in the opener as Brett Anderson is scheduled to start against Jon Lester, with first pitch slated for 6:05 PM central.