Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth and with one of the season's best closers on the mound, it sure looked like the game was over. However, the San Diego Padres (62-70) had other plans as they would hit a solo home run to tie in the ninth and then walk-off in extra innings and win 3-2 Wednesday.
For the second straight night the Milwaukee Brewers (73-60) had an opportunity to gain ground in the NL-Central with a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals, but for the second straight game nothing happened.
The game started as a pitchers dual between Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo and Padres' pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne. Both pitchers took shutouts into the sixth inning. It was the Brewers to capitalize first in the seventh off Despaigne scoring two runs capped off by an Elian Herrera run scoring triple to score Lyle Overbay. Herrera would then score on a pass ball giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
Herrera and Overbay each had two hits to lead the Brewers offense who had six total as a team. The biggest offensive stat to look at was the Brewers top of the lineup stats. Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun combined for 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts.
Padres would respond and get one run off reliever Jeremy Jeffress to make score 2-1.
Gallardo went the first six innings and left in line for the win after the seventh inning rally. Despite throwing a shutout no-decision, Gallardo also only gave up three hits and had to leave after a high pitch count. total Gallardo threw 109 pitches and 49 of them came in the fifth and sixth inning combined.
Despaigne also picked up a no-decision after leaving the game in line for the loss. He allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings with six hits and nine strikeouts.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the ninth. With Francisco Rodriguez on the mound and 39 saves to his credit, the Brewers seemed confident walking out of Petco Park with a win. Rodriguez fell behind 2-0 to Padres cater Rene Rivera and on the third pitch, trying to get a ball over the zone, Rivera hit a ball into the left field bleacher to tie the game. It was the fifth blown save by Rodriguez this season and fourth blown save via the home run.
It was also the same inning that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was ejected for arguing the strike zone fo home plate umpire Mark Ripperger.
With the score now tied at 2-2 and Roenicke watching the game from the clubhouse, the Padres got the Brewers to go 1-2-3 in the top of the tenth and then scored on a walk-off hit in the bottom half of the inning of reliever Zach Duke. The loss by Duke was his first of the season and first in any extra inning game this season (4-0 entering Wednesday).
Up next for Milwaukee is an off day Thursday then will play the San Francisco Giants at At&T Park. Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Kyle Lohse are the probables for the series. First pitch Friday will be at 9:15.
Brewers Notes: Starting Pitcher Matt Garza threw a bullpen session Tuesday and felt no discomfort. He will face live batters in a simulated game Thursday in San Francisco and not take a rehab assignment. Garza is still on the disabled listed.