The Padres opened up a nine game road trip with an abysmal 9-5 loss, at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. Padres pitchers allowed four homers on the evening, starting with Corey Hart, leading off the 1st for the Brew-Crew. The homer gave the Brewers an early 1-0 lead, and yet another deficit in the first for the Friars.
The Padres evened the score in the 3rd, when Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez badly misplayed a sinking liner off of the bat of Everth Cabrera. The play resulted in an inside-the-park homer for Cabrera. The Padres even took a brief lead in the 4th, when Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk. Again, the Padres missed a golden opportunity, after loading the bases with just one out.
In the bottom frame, the Padres gave up their lead, after Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado slammed an Edinson Volquez offering into the left field stands, for a three-run shot. It was a rough night for Volquez, as he gave up 6 earned runs, in his five innings of work.
On a positive note, Cameron Maybin homered for the second time in three games, a solo shot to right that cut the score to 6-3. Maybin is starting to resemble the player who warranted a $25 million extension.
The Brewers added three more runs in the 8th off of former closer Dale Thayer. Thayer has been a disaster of late – giving up 10 earned runs in his last 4.2 innings pitched.
The Padres added a couple of garbage-time runs in the top of the 9th, on a two-run triple by Logan Forsythe. The Padres dropped the series opener 9-5 to the Brewers. The Padres also gained the distinction of being the first ML team this season to lose 40 games.
NOTES: According to Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star, the Padres will recall Brad Boxberger from AAA Tucson. Boxberger, who is 24, was acquired in the Mat Latos deal. Boxberger has a 1-2 record, with a 4.70 ERA in 22 games for Tucson. Boxberger has electric stuff, and has struck out nearly 14 batters per nine innings pitched.
The Padres will start Andrew Cashner on Saturday. The goal is to get 3 innings out of Cashner, then he will go to the minors to get stretched out.