Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson pitches to the San
Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday,
Aug. 26, 2014, in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO —
Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson didn't pitch badly. It just wasn't good
enough to beat the Padres.
five-game road winning streak was snapped as they fell to San
Diego, 4-1 on Tuesday night.
there were a few pitches I missed over the plate," Nelson
said. "But they're big league hitters and they did what
they're supposed to do with it."
Nelson (2-5) was
also derailed by two things in losing his third straight decision:
little offensive support and a leaky defensive.
pitched 6 1-3 strong innings, Abraham Almonte homered and drove in
two runs for the Padres.
Ross (12-12), San
Diego's lone All-Star, extended his franchise record with his 13th
consecutive quality start. He gave up one run and four hits with
six strikeouts and two walks.
pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
five innings for Milwaukee and allowed four runs — two earned
— on five hits, with a career-high seven strikeouts in losing
his third straight decision.
for the fourth time in six games, Milwaukee maintained its 1
1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central as the Cardinals
lost 5-2 to Pittsburgh.
pulled to 4-1 in the fourth, thanks to doubles by Jonathan Lucroy
and Scooter Gennett. Gennett advanced to third after Davis'
two-out walk, but Davis was thrown out by Renee Rivera when trying
to reach second on a pitch in the dirt.
Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross approaches home
plate next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy to
score during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday,
Aug. 26, 2014, in San Diego.
The Padres scored
three times in the third, as the Brewers' defense let Nelson down.
The inning's one
earned run came on Almonte's single which drove in Ross, after he
led off with a double. Seth Smith followed with a potential
double-play grounder to Gennett, but his relay to Jean Segura was
mishandled for an error. Yasmani Grandal's single drove in Almonte
and Smith scored on Jedd Gyorko's groundout for a 4-0 lead.
execute a few pitches there, we're out of it with minimal
damage," Nelson said. "That's a job as a starter, to
minimize the damage and I have to do a better job of it next
Ross is 6-6 with
a 1.96 ERA during his quality start streak, which dates back to
June 21. He has 86 strikeouts and 24 walks in that stretch.
slider is down in the zone, you're not going to be able to hit
it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "The trouble is
when it is down, you think it's a fastball and you don't see the
spin. By the time you swing it's in the dirt."
Ross was lifted
after walking Gennett with one out in the seventh. Reliever Nick
Vincent came in and got Davis to hit into a double play.
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura watches the ball bounce away
as San Diego Padres' Abraham Almonte slides in safely after
Segura committed an error failing to catch a throw from
second baseman Scooter Gennett in the third inning of a
baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in San Diego.
Padres: SS Everth
Cabrera (strained left hamstring) continues to do baseball drills
but he's not expected to play for another week.
Brewers: RHP Matt
Garza, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, threw a
bullpen session and depending on how he feels on Wednesday, among
the possibilities is him joining the rotation.
Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.38 ERA), who has made 17 quality starts
this season, needs five strikeouts to eclipse Ben Sheets (1,206)
as the franchise's all-time leader.
Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.44) will make his 11th career start
and sixth at Petco Park. Despaigne has lost his last two
Baseball Bud Selig visited Petco Park and the Padres christened
the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza in his honor. Selig, who is retiring
after the season, said San Diego is strong candidate to get a
future All-Star Game, something that has never been held at Petco