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Story by Liz Alper
Photo via @Padres on Twitter
May 18, 2017 (San Diego) - ECM hasn’t checked what the Padres’ win-loss percentage is for day games, but one thing was for sure; they HAD to win today if they wanted to salvage the series with the Brewers before they left town. Zach Davies started on the hill for Milwaukee against Jarred Cosart, who just returned from the DL.
Hunter Renfroe kicked things off for the Padres with a solo homer in the second for a 1-0 lead.
But as usual, it evaporated in the fifth. After Orlando Arcia rounded the bases, Eric Sogard drove him in with a single and the Brewers tied the game at one.
Luis Torrens grounded into a double play in the Padres’ half of the fifth, but a run did score in Cory Spangenberg and the Padres reclaimed the lead 2-1.
But the Padres just could not get rid of Sogard. In the seventh after a 12-pitch at-bat, Sogard drove a double to center to drive in two runs and the Brewers took their first of the game, 3-2.
The Brewers added one more for good measure in the ninth when Jonathan Villar hit a sac groundout to score Keon Broxton. The Padres tried to rally in the ninth, but the Brewers held on for a 4-2 win and the 3-1 series win.
The Padres are back to NL West action for the weekend when the Diamondbacks visit yet again. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. tomorrow night. Taijuan Walker starts on the hill for Arizona against Jered Weaver.