The offense was there again, but the pitching failed. Slightly concerning is the performance of Tim Stauffer lately. The projected Opening Day starter gave up seven hits and six runs over 5 innings yesterday. He has a 6.75 spring ERA. Spring numbers mean very little, but Stauffer is having his worst spring by far.
Six of the Brewers 10 runs, the six charged to Stauffer came in the third inning as Matt Gamel his a grand slam. He later added a solo shot in the game as the Brewers cruised to a 10-7 win.
For the Padres, Jesus Guzman hit a three-run home run and had two runs-scored. Chris Denorfia was 2 for 4, Kyle Blanks was 2 for 3, and Stauffer added a hit of his own. All combined, the Padres had nine hits and seven runs. But it wasn’t enough.
Huston Street’s struggles continued as well as he gave up four runs in his one inning of work. He allowed three hits, two of which were home runs. Joe Thatcher, on the other hand, continued to shine. He pitched one scoreless inning and has a perfect 0.00 ERA in nine spring innings pitched over the course of ten games.
For the Brewers, Matt Gamel’s five RBI led the team in the game. He is slated to be Prince Fielder’s replacement at first base for Milwaukee.
The loss dropped the Padres to 19-13 in the spring. They travel to Surprise to take on the Rangers. The game will be the Padres final Cactus League contest this spring, and Cory Luebke will get the start at 1:05 PT.