Padres sweep Brewers, Crew fall out of first place

The Milwaukee Brewers finished off an ugly road trip this afternoon with an 8-7 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was their fifth loss in the last six games and put them at 2-6 on the eight game road trip.

They key play in the game came in the seventh inning. After the Brewers took a 7-5 lead on a three-run home run by Yasmani Grandal, the Milwaukee defense let them down moments later when a routine infield pop up fell between four Brewers for an infield single. Jeremy Jeffress walked the next San Diego batter before giving up the go-ahead (for good) three-run home run to Franmil Reyes.

It was part of what was a forgettable day for Milwaukee pitching. Starter Zach Davies went just 2 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.

The one positive from the pitching staff was Adrian Houser who replaced Davies and went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and struck four batters out. Houser lowered his ERA to 2.35 on the season and has given up just one run over his last 10 outings. (Hopefully I didn’t just jinx him).

Milwaukee’s offense did finally come alive after a dreadful last couple of days when it managed only one run over the previous 21 innings dating back to Aguilar’s homer in the sixth inning on Sunday in San Francisco. Ryan Braun had three RBI on the day and Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 27th home run.

With the loss and a win from the Cubs, the Crew fell into second place in the NL Central with a 40-34 record.

The Brewers return home to Miller Park starting Thursday night where they host the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series.

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