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San Diego0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 161
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 292
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  W: J. Nelson (5-3)   L: L. Perdomo (1-4)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, June 18, 2017
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 34,518

Brewers look to put pitching together vs. Padres

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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. After the Padres won the first game between these teams in 2017, Milwaukee has now taken the last three. All four of those games were in San Diego; these teams split their four meetings in Milwaukee last season.
  2. San Diego hits the road after completing a 15-game homestand (8-7) that was bookended by three-game sweeps of the Cubs and the Reds. The Padres have dropped five of their last six road contests.
  3. Milwaukee has scored the first run of a game a league-high 43 times this season; the Brewers have gone 25-18 in those contests.
  4. Franchy Cordero went 7-for-14 (.500) with five runs scored, three home runs and five RBIs in the Padres' just-completed three-game sweep of the Reds. Cordero is batting .339 since making his MLB debut on May 27, which is the third-highest average by a rookie since that date (minimum 56 PA).
  5. After beginning his career with 21 relief appearances, rookie Miguel Diaz made his first career MLB start on June 10 against the Royals. The plan was to limit he Rule 5 draftee to no more than 70 pitches or four innings; he ended up getting pulled in the third inning after throwing 46 pitches, even though he did not allow a run.
  6. Junior Guerra has posted a 1.99 (5/22.2) ERA in his four nighttime starts this season. That is the fourth-lowest ERA in the majors (minimum 4 night starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/16/2017 thru 6/18/2017

MILWAUKEE -- Thanks in no small part to resurgent starting pitching, the Milwaukee Brewers will still be in first place Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Miller Park.

But if they plan to stay on their perch, looking down on the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, they'll need their bullpen to turn things around quickly.

Milwaukee's rotation has combined to go 9-4 with a 2.95 ERA over its last 23 games, striking out 111 while walking just 42. But the relief corps has struggled during that same stretch and leads the National League with 19 losses and 13 blown saves.

With the exception of right-hander Neftali Feliz, who was designated for assignment last week after a season-long struggle with command, few Brewers relievers have struggled more than Carlos Torres, who served up a two-run home run to Yangervis Solarte in the 10th inning Saturday in a 7-5 loss to the Padres.

Torres was a stalwart of Milwaukee's pen a year ago, going 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 72 appearances. Things haven't gone so well this year, though; through 36 appearances, he's 3-4 with a 4.95 mark and has had a hard time keeping the ball in the ballpark (seven home runs).

"For him, the stuff isn't different, it's just more of the plate," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who suggested that Torres' track record gives him a longer leash. "He's struggling with more balls over the middle of the plate and that's what's costing him. The cutter is his pitch. It's his bread and butter, it's what he's relied on his entire career. He's been finding too much of the plate with it sometimes.

"We've got choices in our bullpen, Carlos is a member of our bullpen and he needs to pitch effective innings for us."

Right-hander Jimmy Nelson will try to keep the rotation on its upswing. He comes into the game looking to tighten up after giving up seven runs on 16 hits over 11 2/3 innings in his last two outings, against the Giants and Cardinals.

He went 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in five May starts and despite the recent hiccups, is 1-0 with a 3.20 mark in three June outings.

Nelson is 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in five career starts against the Padres. In a 6-2 victory this season on May 16 at San Diego, Nelson allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out eight in six innings of work.

San Diego counters with Luis Perdomo (1-3, 5.16 ERA) who struck out nine against the Brewers earlier this season in one of his team-leading seven quality starts.

The Padres' offense has been riding a power surge since arriving in Milwaukee, crushing eight home runs in two games and 18 in their last eight overall. Four of those have come from Solarte, who has hit three in Milwaukee after homering in the second and 10th innings Saturday.

Wil Myers has one in each of his last two games as he gets back on track following a May swoon.

"My swing is starting to feel pretty good over the last couple of days," Myers said. "I know I'm close. It's just one of those things that sometimes it lasts longer than you want, but you just keep showing up."

Milwaukee leads the season series with San Diego, 4-2.

Updated June 17, 2017

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