The Padres topped the Brewers 4-1 with virtual long balls from Eric Hosmer and Brian Dozier
The virtual Padres moved to 38-30 and six games back of first place in the NL West Division behind strong games from both Eric Hosmer and Brian Dozier in Tuesday’s victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Joey Lucchesi was on the bump for the visitors, pitching phenomenally over seven innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out two.
And that’s all the Padres would need from their starter as they chased Adrian Houser after just 4.2 innings, collecting six hits with three earned runs and forcing four walks as well. Fernando Tatis Jr. had a rare 0-4 day at the plate, but Tommy Pham collected two hits while batting second.
Hosmer smacked a two-run bomb in the top half of the first inning to get the party started, and Manny Machado added an RBI single in the top of the third inning. With the Padres leading 3-1 heading into the eighth inning, Dozier put the icing on the cake with a solo blast. The only hit of the night, but Dozier still increased his batting average to .266.
Austin Hedges added two more hits and is now batting .253 on the season (hey, wouldn’t that be something). Wil Myers also added two hits to his season total, bringing his average up to .274 after starting slow.
After Lucchesi exited the game, the Padres turned to Emilio Pagan, who allowed just one hit while striking out one in his only inning. Kirby Yates came in and slammed the door for his 21st save on the season.