Jake welcomes Brewers to the Crone-zone, Padres win 10-3
On a Saturday night matchup between the Padres and Brewers, San Diego would score ten runs over five separate innings to win their first game of the series.
The Padres would be led by Jake Cronenworth, who had his first two-homer game in his career, along with six RBIs. Jake mentioned that the break from play yesterday helped him reset his focus and step up. Seth Lugo would also have a decent outing holding the Brewers to only three runs.
For the third game in a row, the Brewers would score two runs in the first inning. Christian Yelich would reach first on a walk and go first to home on a double from Jesse Winker. Winker would score from third on a rope into the outfield by red-hot Brian Anderson. Seth Lugo would strike out rookie Garrett Mitchell to get out of the rest of the inning unscathed.
The Padres responded in the second inning by reaching on three straight seven plus pitch, two out at-bats by Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, and Nelson Cruz; Soto on a walk, Bogaerts an infield single, and Cruz on a single to score Soto. Cronenworth would swing at the first pitch from the sixth spot to score Bogaerts. Matt Carpenter would strike out to end the rally with runners left on the corners.
A two-out mini-rally by the Padres would score one in the bottom of the second following a shutout inning by Lugo. Grisham would come back up and smack a single down the right-field line. Machado would double in Grisham from first before Juan Soto would strike out swinging to end the inning.
Both pitchers settled down in the third inning and kept the score at 3-2. With it being Freddy Peralta’s first start against the Padres, he is showing signs of not being as unhittable as his first two starts.
Seth Lugo was one out away from getting out of a bases-loaded situation when he hit Jesse Winker, causing Victor Carantini to come in to score. Lugo’s day would be cut short there, posting three earned runs on eight hits in 3⅔ innings. He struck out five and only walked one batter. Steven Wilson would come in to strand all three runners on.
Both teams went scoreless in the next two half innings with three combined strikeouts for Wilson and Peralta, including back-to-back for Peralta to end the fourth. Steven Wilson would come into the fifth inning and give up a lead-off single to Rowdy Tellez, who hit two homers last night to lead the Brewers over the Pads. Wilson would then induce a double play and strike out lefty Garrett Wilson to end the top of the fifth.
Peralta, in his last inning, would get the first two batters, Juan Soto and Xander Bogaerts, out with balls in play. He then allowed a hit to Nelson Cruz after being shaken up by a ball off his own bat and into his foot. Jake Cronenworth would need a big hit to get him home, and he delivered with a two-run home run to put the Padres ahead 5-3.
Brent Honeywell came into the ball game for Steven Wilson and struck out two out of three rookies on the Brewers lineup in Brice Turang and Joey Weimer. The Brew Crew leads the MLB in the percentage of at-bats taken by rookies with around 25%. Joel Payamps would also get out of the inning without any runs earned after coming in for Freddy Peralta at the bottom of the sixth.
Veteran right-hander Luis Garcia would shut the Brewers down in order at the top of the seventh inning before a huge inning for the Padres ensued. Juan Soto walked to lead off the inning and got moved over to third by a huge line drive to center field by Xander Bogaerts. Soto would score on a sacrifice fly from Nelson Cruz before another huge two-run homer for Jake Cronenworth to put the Padres up 8-3 in the ball game.
With lefties Garrett Mitchell and Brice Turang up to bat for Milwaukee, San Diego would counter by bringing in a lefty of their own in Tim Hill. He would force the Brewers to burn two of their bench bats, Mike Brosseau and Owen Miller. A fire caused by Victor Carantini and his career four-hit day would be extinguished by three straight outs to move into the bottom of the eighth.
A scary moment in the bottom of the eighth overshadowed the lackluster inning by the Padres as Manny Machado hit a ball at 105 MPH, and it hit relief pitcher Gus Varland to end his day at only two outs. Former Padre, Javy Guerra, would come in and, after an intentional walk for Juan Soto, loaded the bases and score two runs for the Padres with three walks, including a hit by pitch. The Padres then led 10-3. Domingo Tapia shut out the Brewers in the ninth inning to secure the win for the Padres.
The Padres collected four hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. They had some consistency at the plate, getting runners on in every inning except one in a huge victory over the Brewers. Freddy Peralta struggled in his first-ever start against the Padres and allowed them to rally over his five innings. The Padres are looking to take this momentum into a game tomorrow against veteran lefty Wade Miley.
Spencer DeFils is a sports broadcasting major at Austin Peay State University. He likes watching, playing, and writing about sports, especially the Padres. He loves his wife and son and hopes to make a career out of writing about and broadcasting sports.