If the Padres are not hitting home runs odds are they are not scoring many runs. On Father’s Day the Friars had trouble manufacturing offense without the long ball in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers.
San Diego put eight runners on base against Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson on six singles and two walks but could only bring one of them home. In the 5th inning Erick Aybar singled to left-centerfield to bring in Cory Spangenberg and put the Padres on top 1-0.
Other than that the Friars only got a runner past 1st base two other times, in the 2nd and 7th innings, and failed to score on both occasions. It was a stark difference from Saturday’s game where the Padres hit five home runs in hitter-friendly Miller Park.
This time it was the home run ball that cost them. Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo, who made the first start of his big league career a year ago in Wisconsin, was good enough to get a win this time. Perdomo went 6.0 innings and only allowed two runs, both on solo homers in the 6th inning. First Hernan Perez lofted a fly ball that is an out in most other parks just over the left field wall and two batters later Manny Pina hit a no-doubter to left-center for what turned out to be the game-winner.
Nelson finished off his complete game effort by striking out Aybar, the 10th punchout of the game for the Brewers righty.
The Padres continue their road trip on Monday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Clayton Richard gets the start against Jon Lester.