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4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, September 18, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 38,235

Surging Brewers try to stay in playoff chase vs. Padres

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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Padres limited the Brewers to 17 hits in sweeping the first series of the season with Milwaukee. It was the Brewers' fewest hits in a three-game series against San Diego since finishing with 16 in 2012.
  2. The Brewers are an MLB-best 9-1 since September 6, with five of those victories coming by two runs or less. On the season, Milwaukee is a major league-best 47-27 in games decided by two runs or less.
  3. Yasmani Grandal has walked eight times in his last five games and now has 99 base on balls on the season. No Brewers catcher has ever walked 100 times in a season, and the last NL catcher to walk 100 times in a season was the Phillies' Darren Daulton, who had 117 walks in 1993.
  4. Manny Machado hit his 30th home run of the season Saturday, and is one shy of Hunter Renfroe for the team lead. Machado and Renfroe are the first pair of Padres to hit 30 homers in a season since 2001, when Ryan Klesko hit 30 and Phil Nevin hit 41.
  5. Chris Paddack, who starts Tuesday, has allowed one total run over his last three starts. He has 13 starts on the season yielding a run or less, tied for the most starts in Padres franchise history for a pitcher 23 years old or younger allowing a run or less, along with Mat Latos in 2010.
  6. The Padres were swept in Colorado over the weekend, allowing 10, 11 and 10 runs in the three games. This is the second time in 2019 San Diego has yielded at least 10 runs in three straight games, after not enduring such a streak in a single season since 2006.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/19/2019
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A two-week surge has vaulted the Milwaukee Brewers into a tie for the National League's second wild-card spot.

More importantly, the Brewers are there thanks to a bullpen that looks much different than the unit that catapulted Milwaukee to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series last year but is pitching just as well.

The Brewers will look to do their part to climb into sole possession of a playoff spot Wednesday night, when they host the San Diego Padres in the third game of a four-game series.

Adrian Houser (6-6, 3.84 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Brewers against the Padres' Dinelson Lamet (2-5, 4.06 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

The Brewers remained red-hot Tuesday night, when Mike Moustakas hit the tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and five pitchers combined to four-hit the Padres in a 3-1 win.

The victory was the 11th in the last 12 games for the Brewers (82-69), who moved into a tie for the final wild-card spot thanks to the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers were five games behind the Cubs on Sept. 5.

Of the four relievers who closed out Tuesday's win, only one, winning pitcher Matt Albers, pitched out of the Brewers' bullpen last year. Gio Gonzalez pitched in relief Tuesday for the first time since July 10, 2009. He was followed by Brent Suter, who made 32 starts the previous two years before undergoing Tommy John surgery last July.

And Drew Pomeranz, acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 31, struck out four in two perfect innings of relief to earn his second save. Pomeranz has whiffed 36 batters in 21 1/3 innings for the Brewers.

"I think we've gotten ourselves in a place where I feel like we've got a bunch of weapons in the pen again," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "And it's not one guy, it's multiple guys we can go to. To go through a stretch like this, that's what you need."

The loss was the sixth in a row for the Padres (68-83), who are using the series against the Brewers to get a good look at the pitchers they expect to be a vital part of their 2020 rotation. Garrett Richards made his season debut Monday after missing 14 months following Tommy John surgery, while rookie phenom Chris Paddack tossed five innings, giving up one run and one hit, on Tuesday.

Lamet will be making his 13th start since returning from the Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2018. He took the loss last Thursday, when he gave up three runs over five innings as the Padres fell to the Cubs, 4-1.

"He's back here pitching consistently," Padres manager Andy Green told reporters earlier this month. "He's throwing 90 to 100 pitches after missing a full season. We're very encouraged by that."

Houser took the loss last Friday, when he allowed four runs over three innings as the Brewers were blanked by the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-0.

Houser tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in his lone appearance against the Padres on June 19. Lamet didn't factor into the decision in his only start against Milwaukee on June 17, 2017, when he allowed three runs over six innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2019

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