Final Score: San Diego 2, Milwaukee 0
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Kotsay's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the
eighth inning proved to be the only offense either team produced, as the San
Diego Padres eked past the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0, at Petco Park.
After the Padres' Edinson Volquez and the Brewers' Shaun Marcum traded seven
scoreless innings on the hill, the outcome was left for the bullpens to
Milwaukee's was the first to blink, with Francisco Rodriguez (0-3) catching
too much of the plate on his 1-1 offering to Kotsay, who got the barrel out in
front and crushed his fourth career pinch-hit homer. Will Venable singled
ahead of the blast.
"I've just seen (Rodriguez) too often to know that that breaking
ball is devastating against right-handed hitters," said Padres manager Bud
Black. "It was just one of those calls where I felt at that point (Kotsay)
was a better matchup."
Kotsay's round-tripper came less than a week after his pinch-hit, two-run
double in the eighth inning gave San Diego a 2-1 win over the Nationals.
Huston Street locked down Thursday's win over Washington and did the same on
Tuesday with a perfect ninth. Street has recorded a save in half of the
Padres' eight wins thus far.
Volquez is still looking for his first win with San Diego despite allowing
just three hits and two walks. Marcum matched Volquez pitch-for-pitch, also
surrendering only three hits while issuing four walks.
Andrew Cashner (2-1) hurled a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.
The Brewers, one day after Ryan Braun homered three times and drove in six
runs in a series-opening victory, did not record an extra-base hit.
"Usually in a tight ball game they have the good pitching so they are usually
low scoring games and it comes down to who gets the big hit," Brewers manager
Ron Roenicke said of facing the Padres.
The Brewers fell to 2-3 on a nine-game road trip...San Diego snapped a three-
game losing streak...The Padres go for their first series win of the season on
Wednesday with Cory Luebke toeing the rubber opposite Yovani Gallardo.
05/02 02:29:31 ET
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