Meanwhile, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green was a bit surprised by the performance of Sogard the past four games in San Diego.
“We didn’t get him out all series”, Green said. But while the Cubs have the title banner it’s Milwaukee who’s leading the National League Central at six games over.500.
NOTES: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he gave 2B Jonathan Villar a second straight start off Thursday afternoon “by plan.”. Domingo Santana singled to put runners at first and third and Bandy drove in the game victor with a single. “You just do your best to stay in it all the way and fortunately I was able to come out on top when he threw me an elevated fastball”. Travis Shaw, who missed the previous two games with a swollen right index finger, started the rally with a double to left.
Sogard plated three of Milwaukee’s four runs with two of those coming on a double to deep center with one out in the seventh inning.
Right-hander Corey Knebel got his third save by throwing a full-count curve past pinch-hitter Austin Hedges to end the game with the tying runs on base. He doubled to center and brought in Keon Braxton, and Orlando Arcia. “We’re getting contributions from a lot of different guys and that is just the stage we are in right now”, Counsell said. Pregame coverage for a rare Friday afternoon game begins at 12:45 p.m. on the Brewers Radio Network. The 24-year-old has a porous 1.74 WHIP and opposing batters are hitting a scorching.317 against him. He walked leadoff hitter Eric Sogard, allowed a single to Hernan Perez and then a one-out RBI single by Shaw. “He’s given us the opportunity to win a lot of games”.
Sogard said he couldn’t ever remember feeling this good at the plate at any time during his previous 435-game stint with the Oakland A’s. “I thought he did a great job”. Counsell said Thames is making progress.
“You just got to try and ride the wave”, the shortstop said.
Padres: RHP Trevor Cahill, who had been scheduled to start Thursday, went on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a strained pitching shoulder. Kevin Quackenbush took the loss. Davies is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three career turns against the Padres and has shut down Myers (1-for-6) while struggling with the recently acquired Matt Szczur (3-for-5). Cosart hasn’t won a game since September 17, 2015, pitching for the Marlins at Washington.