The 26-31 Milwaukee Brewers would love to head to the All-Star break above .500. Winning series against subpar competition is a must if Milwaukee is going to be right there with the National League Central leaders at the break. The NL West doormat 19-39 San Diego Padres come calling next after the 33-25 San Francisco Giants took two of three at Petco Park winning 8-3 this afternoon.
Outside of a three-run third inning SD did nothing offensively run-wise. The Padres scored on Yonder Alonsoâs fielderâs choice and Chase Headleyâs two-run double.
Elsewhere the Brewers walked off with a home victory over the 19-38 Chicago Cubs 4-3 thanks to a Norichika Aoki solo home run during the bottom of the 10th. Aoki began Milwaukeeâs scoring during the fourth inning with a solo blast. Corey Hart and George Kottaras had RBI-hits as well for the Brewers.
Milwaukee won two of three versus Chicago and hopes to at least win that many against San Diego who is horrendous on the road. I'll get into the pitching matchup later, but I don't see many reasons to back the Padres who have one of the worst offenses around and don't have a good away record. The Brewers aren't great at home, but I think the momentum of winning a series against the Cubs continues when the Padres visit.