Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres
When and Where: Monday, June 17, Petco Park, San Diego, Calif., 10:10 p.m. EDT.
After taking a battering at Coors Field, the San Diego Padres hope returning to pitcher-friendly Petco Park will get them back in sync as they open a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
Brewers move down California coast after avoiding sweep
Milwaukee (40-31) maintained a slim lead atop the NL Central heading to San Diego after avoiding a sweep of its three-game series at San Francisco on Sunday with a 5-3 victory.
What is the difference between a boy who is late for dinner and a baseball hit over the fence?
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 16, 2019
The bullpen is hoping Jhoulys Chacin (3-7, 5.74 ERA) can snap out of his funk and avoid a fifth consecutive losing start as he will be activated off the injured list prior to the game. The right-hander — sidelined by a lower back strain — last pitched May 31 when he was drilled for a season-worst seven runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 9-4 loss at Pittsburgh.
“I’ve been trying to get better and working on stuff, and finally [Monday] I’m going to have the chance to get back and start a game,” Chacin told the Brewers’ official website. “It is a little bit tougher after a bad start, and then the injury and have to wait two weeks.
“You want another chance to make all the adjustments and pitch good. But sometimes things happen and the only thing you can do is try to reset your mind, see what things you did well and try to go from there.”
Chacin has lost six straight road starts since winning his first one at Cincinnati on April 2, posting an 8.20 ERA in those defeats. The righty, who went 13-10 for San Diego in 2017, is 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 starts versus the Padres.
He is also 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA in 19 career starts at Petco Park.
Manny Machado, who went 10 for 19 with 10 runs scored and a pair of homers in San Diego’s four-game series at Colorado, is 1 for 7 lifetime versus Chacin.
Padres somehow salvage split at Coors despite awful pitching
San Diego (35-37) completed a six-game road trip at 2-4 after battling to split a four-game series at Coors Field versus Colorado, but those four games were extremely taxing on the pitching staff.
The Padres were lit up for 48 runs and 69 hits in the four games, and their overall ERA spiked 0.43 runs to 4.62 following Sunday’s dramatic 14-13 victory in which they rallied from three down in the ninth.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 16, 2019
“A four-game series here, it feels like a month,” first baseman Eric Hosmer told The Associated Press. “This was a grind.”
San Diego’s bullpen was heavily strained in the series finale, pitching 7 2-3 innings after Nick Margevicius got just four outs while giving up nine runs.
The Padres can only hope the only starter not to pitch at Coors Field — Joey Lucchesi (5-4, 4.11) — was not shellshocked by what he saw happen in Denver. The left-hander was denied a third consecutive winning start Wednesday in San Francisco, giving up three runs and five hits in six innings of a 4-2 defeat.
“Joey was good enough to win a baseball game,” manager Andy Green told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We have to do more offensively and even defensively to help him out.”
Lucchesi failed to record a decision in his only start against Milwaukee, which was also his major league debut March 30, 2018. The southpaw was reached for three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings of San Diego’s eventual 8-6 loss.
The Padres are hoping Hunter Renfroe can pick up where he left off at Coors Field, having belted two home runs in Sunday’s win and another three Friday. Renfroe has a team-best 21 homers, including 10 in 88 at-bats at home.
The Brewers are:
- 0-6 in Chacin’s last six road starts.
- 2-6 in their last eight games vs. left-handed starters.
- 0-6 in their last six games vs. left-handed starters.
The Padres are:
- 4-1 in Lucchesi’s last five starts during game 1 of a series.
- 4-0 in Lucheesi’s last four starts following a quality start in his previous appearance.