Padres fall to Brewers on 10th-inning walk-off home run
MILWAUKEE — Wil Myers had been in a weeks-long rut. Miguel Diaz was coming off his first major league start, a brief outing in which he threw more balls than strikes. Before Friday—s series opener at Miller Park, Padres manager Andy Green described what he hoped to see from both players.
For Myers, it was —just one swing that locks him back in,— Green said. —If he takes that one swing where he drives it out to right-center, he usually settles back down and then starts driving runs in.—
For Diaz, it was greater control: —He—s got good stuff, so he just has to be in the strike zone.—
In a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, before Eric Thames blasted a walk-off home run, the Padres received some mixed results that extended beyond their best hitter and their least experienced pitcher.
Myers launched a three-run homer his first time up, two at-bats before Hunter Renfroe also took Junior Guerra deep. Diaz, who was facing his former organization, pumped strikes for three innings, the only damage coming on a solo shot by Travis Shaw. The San Diego bullpen mostly frustrated the Brewers.
But after Guerra was staggered in the top of the first, the Padres failed to knock him from the game. They did not collect another hit until Yangervis Solarte homered in the eighth. Shortly after that tie-breaking swat, Brewers catcher Manny Pina made it 5-5 with a homer of his own.
A three-run lead had disappeared in the bottom of the fourth, when Diaz—s control wavered and his cushion disappeared.
Following a leadoff walk and a fielder—s choice, the Rule 5 draftee fell behind Pina, 2-and-0. Pina catcher singled. Diaz got ahead of Keon Broxton, 0-and-2, before throwing consecutive pitches out of the zone. Then he threw one into Broxton—s wheelhouse.
The resulting drive flew […]