The San Diego Padres swept the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for a perfect homestand after once again coming from behind.
And the irony is, they’re not doing anything that much differently.
San Diego put together another late-inning rally, this time in the seventh, to edge out the Brewers by a score of 8-7. They swept the three-game series, which was also their entire homestand; they start a five-game road trip on Friday.
This time, it was right fielder Franmil Reyes and first baseman Eric Hosmer who were the heroes for the Padres. Reyes went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Hosmer was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI.
But the Padres were down going into the seventh inning. Starter Matt Strahm gave up two home runs in five innings, resulting in four runs for the Brewers on five hits. Strahm has surrendered six homers—and 17 total runs—in his last three starts.
The bullpen also continued to be hit and miss. Brad Wieck provided Milwaukee with another two runs in just 0.1 of an inning, while Gerardo Reyes blew the save by allowing a home run to former Padre Yasmani Grandal.
Reyes was credited with the win, however, because of the seventh-inning rally.
Having swept the Brewers, the San Diego Padres are finally back over the .500 mark. They’re now tied for third place in the National League West with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sitting12 games back.
So while the Padres are on a winning streak, the same positives and negatives that caused their early June struggles still exist. Hopefully they’ll be able to keep things turning in their favor when they visit Pittsburgh for the weekend, as a good series of wins is exactly what they need to start chasing down the Dodgers.
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