Padres Mount Comeback, but Fall Short Against the Brewers


The Padres had an opportunity to mount a furious comeback in the 9th inning, but back-to-back strikeouts ended hopes for a win, and the Padres lost 6-5. The loss also meant the Padres dropped yet another series.

The game started off with hope, as Will Venable led off the game with a home run — an opposite field shot, that gave the Padres a very early 1-0 lead. The Padres got another run in the second inning, on an RBI groundout by Everth Cabrera.

The Padres looked like they were in good shape. They took that 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, and starter Anthony Bass looked solid. He struck out the side in the fifth, and appeared to be on cruise-control.

Milwaukee had other plans, as they scored 4 in the bottom of the sixth, capped by a 3-run shot by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado. That homer gave the Brewers a lead that would hold up, although the Padres did make it interesting.

Milwaukee carried a 6-2 lead into the 9th, and brought out closer John Axford to finish off the Friars. Axford struggled however, allowing a single to Chris Denorfia, and a double to Venable. Venable had three hits in the game, and was yet again, one hit short of a cycle. After a Logan Forsythe walk, Chase Headley delivered with an RBI single. After Axford walked Carlos Quentin with the bases loaded, the Brewers decided to pull Axford, and they brought in Jose Veras to nail down the save.

Veras delivered, by striking out Yonder Alonso looking, with the bases loaded. Veras then walked Jesus Guzman, to force in a run. The Padres scored three, and had the bases loaded with two outs. John Baker walked up to the dish with a chance to give the Padres a dramatic lead. He struck out looking.

To the Padres credit, they did show some fight, but they were unable to get that key hit, as they left 11 men on. Anthony Bass took the loss, falling to 2-6. He pitched very well for 5 innings, and then imploded in the 6th. The Padres have an off-day Monday, before heading to the Emerald city, to start a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.