National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 3rd
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (75-86) at Milwaukee Brewers (83-78), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Andrew Werner (2-3, 4.78)
Milwaukee - Josh Stinson (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers shoot for a season-ending sweep of
the San Diego Padres Tuesday at Miller Park.
A valiant effort in the second half came up short for the Brewers, who have
won the first two installments of this set and three of four overall.
In Tuesday's 4-3 win, Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam with two out in the
third inning and that was all the runs Milwaukee would need.
"We had plenty of opportunities to score more after the grand slam," Milwaukee
manager Ron Roenicke said. "It always hurts me when we have those
opportunities and don't score. The guys in the bullpen did their job."
Tyler Thornburg drew the start for the Brewers and held the Padres to a run in
four innings, while Jim Henderson picked up the win with a scoreless inning of
relief. John Axford allowed two hits in the ninth, but fanned two batters to
nail down his 35th save of the season.
The Brewers are out of the playoffs for the third time in four years.
Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 with a run scored and is making a case for another MVP
award. Braun is batting .320 with 41 homers and 112 RBI this season and is
tied for the NL lead in runs scored with 107.
Josh Stinson gets the nod for the Brewers tonight and he has no record or
earned run average in five relief appearance, spanning 5 1/3 innings. The
right-hander, who is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 19 career relief appearances, will
make his first start and has never faced San Diego.
Stinson is taking the place of Yovani Gallardo.
The Padres have lost three in a row and six of seven games, and starting
pitcher Anthony Bass was done in by Maldonado's grand slam. Bass lasted three
innings and allowed three hits.
Seven relievers then kept the Brewers off the board the rest of the way.
"One swing of the bat was it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It is a great
learning experience for a lot of guys. Our bullpen did a great job. (Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke) made a lot of moves and I made a lot of moves. All-in-
all a good ball game."
Everth Cabrera recorded three hits and Chase Headley ended 2-for-4 with a pair
of runs scored for San Diego, which hasn't reached the postseason since 2006.
Headley leads Braun with 113 RBI to 112, and was named the NL's player of the
month for the second straight time. Headley batted .324 with a .410 on-base
percentage, nine home runs and 30 RBI in September.
"To have that [production] in San Diego, that's pretty amazing," Roenicke told
the team's website. "He needs to be talked about a lot more than he has been.
To have that kind of year in that place? Phenomenal."
Andrew Werner will make his final start of the season for the Friars and the
rookie is 2-3 with a 4.78 earned run average in seven starts. Werner has lost
back-to-back starts, including last Friday's 3-1 setback versus San Francisco
in which he permitted three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 frames.
The left-hander has never faced Milwaukee and is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two
The Brewers are 5-3 against the Padres this season.
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