Thur. Final: Padres 5, Brewers 2
By Todd Welter
Next game: Friday, September 5 vs. San Diego
Everyone in the Brewers' clubhouse felt pretty confident it could bounce back pretty nicely after being swept by the New York Mets. After all, this team bounced back after being trounced in that forgettable series against the Cubs. History does have a way of repeating itself. It just did not repeat itself in the manner that the Brewers would have liked for at least one night.
The Brewers once again missed out on multiple chances to score runs. The starting pitching was ineffective. The defense made key errors. Pretty much, the Brewers played the way they have been playing since this week began. The result was the same only the team was different as the Brewers lost 5-2 to the San Diego Padres at Miller Park.
"We haven't played as well as we liked the last few days," Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron said. "Sometimes you are going to get beat a little bit. We just haven't gotten a big hit here or there."
Getting runners on base was not a problem early in this game for the Crew. It was getting runners home that was an issue. The Brewers were able to hit up Padres' starter Shawn Estes for seven hits and a walk in the first four innings. Estes got the outs when he needed as the Brewers went 0-6 with runners in scoring position against the lefty.
"He got out of a few jams just because he hasn't pitched in a long time doesn't mean he doesn't have the experience and knowledge," Cameron said about Estes.
The Brewers stranded nine runners on the night, went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and now has stranded 34 runners over the last four games.
"You are looking for one hit, if you can get one hit it kind of opens the door," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That one big hit kind of opens up the flood gates a little bit and we just couldn't get it tonight."
Estes retired the last seven batters he faced and allowed just one run over six innings. Estes (2-1) got the win in his first game back after being out most of the season with a fractured left thumb. Trevor Hoffman got his 28th save of the season.
"If we don't hit a guy good, it is because he pitched good," Yost explained. "We've got a nice hitting club. He made some good pitches."
Jeff Suppan became the third Brewers starter in a row to give up five or more runs. He was charged with five runs; four of them were earned, allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out three. Suppan picked up his eighth (10-8) loss of the season as he got through five and a third innings.
"It was poor location predominately the fastball," Suppan said about his outing. "If I was able to locate my fastball better, I would have kept the game a little closer."
Suppan gave up his first run when Nick Hundley drove in Adrian Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly in the second. The Brewers countered that run in the bottom frame as Mike Cameron tripled to lead off the inning and crossed home on Bill Hall's ground out.
The Padres went ahead 2-1 as Hundley once again drove in Gonzalez only this time it was on a double to left in the fourth. Hundley finished 2-3 with a run and two-RBI.
San Diego got one more run the very next inning as Luis Rodriguez drove in Brian Giles with a RBI single to right. Corey Hart almost threw him out at home but Giles was able to slide just past Jason Kendall's tag.
The runs kept coming in for San Diego in the sixth. Will Venable hit his first career home run to deep center field. Suppan then loaded the bases, thanks in part to a single by Hundley, Rickie Weeks's fielding error on Matt Antonelli's ground ball, and an intentional walk to Brian Giles. Guillermo Mota came on and limited the damage to just one run out of that mess.
The Brewers were able to get a run back in the seventh on J.J. Hardy's 22nd home run of the season off former Brewer Mike Adams.
The Brewers now drop to 80-60 and the Padres go to 54-86. The Brewers get a break from left handed pitching in game two after facing southpaws the last four games. The Padres will start righty Josh Greer (1-0, 3.60 ERA). The Brewers will look to snap its four game losing streak by sending out ace CC Sabathia (9-0, 1.43 ERA) to the mound.