Milwaukee won another series, this time against the San Diego Padres, after winning the rubber match Wednesday. Aaron Ashby was on the mound for the Brewers facing Yu Darvish. Ashby pitched well throughout the game, allowing only one run as a replacement for the injured Freddy Peralta in the starting rotation.
Ashby got into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the fifth, when the bases were loaded for Jurickson Profar. Profar grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base that scored the runner from third. Ashby ended up getting through 5.2 innings before being replaced by Angel Perdomo in the bottom of the sixth.
Milwaukee finally found some offense in the top of the seventh inning when Rowdy Tellez doubled to left that scored Luis Urias from third. Tyrone Taylor then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to score Andrew McCutchen, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
Perdomo pitched a clean seventh inning as well, setting up Brad Boxberger to pitch the eighth. Boxberger had one of his best outings of the year, striking out the side and sending the game to the ninth with the Brewers still maintaining the lead. Devin Williams, who had pitched both of the previous games in the series, was brought in for a third straight day to get the save. Williams retired the side on consecutive flyouts to earn his fourth save of the season and give the Brewers the win.
The next series will be a four-game set in St. Louis, where the Brewers hope to extend their 3.5-game lead on the rival Cardinals. Eric Lauer will feature in the opener and has been great this season, posting a 4-1 record and a 2.16 ERA through the first two months. Adam Wainwright will be the starter for the Cards and has also pitched well this season, posting a 5-3 record with a 2.87 ERA.
First pitch Thursday will be at 6:10 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.