By JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With a tired Brewers bullpen in dire need of a break, Jimmy Nelson carried the load all by himself Sunday.
Nelson struck out 10 in his first career complete game and Milwaukee got home runs from Hernan Perez and Manny Pina in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.
“This is a guy picking everybody up and giving those guys a day off,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s what you need some days. That’s what big-time performance does — not only wins you the game, but gives guys rest.”
Counsell said closer Corey Knebel and relievers Oliver Drake and Jared Hughes were not available because they needed a breather.
Nelson (5-3) allowed six hits and two walks while throwing 118 pitches in his 89th major league start. He gave up only an unearned run and lowered his ERA to 3.28.
“I’ve gone seven-plus or eight a couple of times, but that ninth inning definitely is nice,” Nelson said. “Counsell showed confidence in letting us go deep.”
Leading off the sixth, Perez hit his 10th home run into the Brewers’ bullpen off starter Luis Perdomo (1-4). One batter later, Pina connected on a 1-2 pitch for his fourth of the season to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
Perdomo gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He was helped by three double plays in the first five innings.
“He was in trouble in the first, the second, the third, the fifth,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He navigated a lot of trouble today. Some good defense behind him.”
Perdomo has lasted at least six innings in four of his last five starts.
“I did pretty well,” he said. “I was just trying to be aggressive with my pitches and get some double plays, which I did.”
San Diego scored in the fifth after Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single and advanced to second on Nelson’s throwing error. Erick Aybar hit an RBI single.
POIGNANT FATHER’S DAY
Sunday was the first Father’s Day for Padres 2B Yangervis Solarte since his wife, Yuliett, died of cancer on Sept. 17, 2016. She was 31. His three daughters, Yanliett, Yuliett and Yulianna have traveled with him on the road since their school year ended. “Everybody knows what he went through last year with the passing of his wife,” Green said. “For me, he’s life and energy every day. He’s that for his girls. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his girls finally finished school and came out to San Diego and now are with him on the road and all of a sudden he’s hitting. His family gives him life. I know he’s happy that his girls are with him now.”
There were 17 home runs in the three-game series, nine hit by the Brewers. They have scored their last 15 runs on homers.
Padres: OF Manuel Margot (strained right calf) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday. … RHP Trevor Cahill (right shoulder strain) plans to throw a side session Monday and could face live hitters by Thursday, Green said.
Brewers: LF Ryan Braun (left calf strain) is cleared to play, but Counsell said the slugger “has got to have confidence to take the next step. We’re just not quite there yet.” Braun is expected to go out on a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Brewers.
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-7) starts Monday night at Wrigley Field against his former team. Richard is 2-1 in three career games vs. the Cubs.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (3-2) opens a four-game series with visiting Pittsburgh. After a strong start, Garza has given up 15 earned runs in his last four outings, a span of 20 innings.
Brewers 2, Padres 1
|Cordoba lf||4||0||0||0||Sogard 2b||3||0||2||0|
|F.Crdro cf||4||0||0||0||Thames 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Myers 1b||4||0||2||0||H.Perez rf||4||1||1||1|
|Solarte 2b||4||0||1||0||T.Shaw 3b||4||0||1||0|
|Renfroe rf||3||0||0||0||Pina c||4||1||2||1|
|Spngnbr 3b||4||1||2||0||Broxton cf||3||0||1||0|
|Aybar ss||3||0||1||1||Brinson lf||3||0||1||0|
|Torrens c||2||0||0||0||Arcia ss||3||0||0||0|
|Perdomo p||2||0||0||0||Nelson p||3||0||1||0|
E_Broxton (4), Nelson (1), Spangenberg (2). DP_San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2. LOB_San Diego 6, Milwaukee 6. 2B_Sogard (9). HR_H.Perez (10), Pina (4).
HBP_by Nelson (Renfroe).
Umpires_Home, Quinn Wolcott; First, Ramon De Jesus; Second, Paul Emmel; Third, Brian O’Nora.
T_2:37. A_34,518 (41,900).