Kennedy’s struggles continue in Padres’ 8-5 loss to Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ian Kennedy didn’t feel like the travel back and forth to see his newborn daughter affected his game.
Kennedy gave up four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings in the San Diego Padres’ 8-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. He struck out seven without a walk, but the Padres still lost consecutive games for the first time since July 23.
Kennedy (6-10) rejoined the team in Milwaukee on Tuesday after he left Saturday because of the birth of his fourth child the day before. He is 2-5 in his last eight starts.
“The flying back and forth was only one more flight than these guys had to go through on Sunday,” Kennedy said. “Overall, I felt pretty good physically. It was just minor tweaks I wish I could have made to a few batters in the first inning.”
Milwaukee rookie Taylor Jungmann struck out a career-high eight and allowing six hits without a walk over seven innings.
“The breaking ball was big today,” Jungmann said. “That’s how I expect to throw the breaking ball, and I haven’t really done that since I’ve been up. There’s been a couple of games where it’s been decent, but not like that. That was definitely the best I’ve thrown it all year.”
Jonathan Lucroy, Shane Peterson and Jean Segura each drove in two runs to help Milwaukee record back-to-back wins for the first time in 15 games.
Jungmann (6-3) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts and in 10 of his 11.
After San Diego scored three runs in the ninth off Corey Knebel, Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out for his 25th save in as many chances.
Jungmann settled down after giving up a run and three hits in the first. Singles by Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte were followed by a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp, before Justin Upton singled. The right-hander then retired 17 of the next 18 batters he faced.
In the bottom of the first, Lucroy hit a two-run blast to left field for his fourth of the year, and Peterson’s triple to right gave Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.
“That happens in sports,” San Diego manager Pat Murphy said. “You don’t always bring your best when the bell rings, but then you settle down. You see football teams give up yardage early and then the defense bears down. It was just attention to detail, slowing it down a little bit and going pitch-by-pitch. Innings two through seven, he was as good as I’ve seen him.”
ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER HIT
Solarte extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first. It is the longest streak by a Padres’ player this year and most since Will Venable’s 15-gamer Aug. 2-18, 2013.
The last game Lucroy homered was also the last time he drove in more than one run - July 18, a span of 15 games.
SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT
Milwaukee is in the middle of playing 17 of 20 games at home. After starting that stretch 0-5, the Brewers have won back-to-back games at Miller Park.
Padres: Upton returned to the lineup after missing the game Tuesday with a bruised right thumb.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Kintzler (left knee tendinitis) began a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday.
Padres: Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7) will try to win his third straight start for the first time this season.
Brewers: Matt Garza (5-12) faces San Diego for the first time since Sept. 27, 2011, when he was with the Cubs.