MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their great stretch with another win beating the San Diego Padres 5-1 Monday night. They improved to an MLB-best 12-3 in the month of September. It was also their 10th win out of their last 11 games.
Milwaukee really doesn’t like Machado
Manny Machado became public enemy number one in Milwaukee after the NLCS last season. We all remember Christian Yelich calling him a dirty player after Machado stepped on the ankle of Jesus Aguilar running to first base.
The Brewers fans wouldn’t forget something like that. They booed him loudly during all his at bats.
Spangenberg steps up
It must be an amazing feeling to play well against your former team. That’s what Cory Spangenberg did Monday night. He went 2-3 with a triple while driving in three runs.
Ryan Braun led off the second inning with a double and later came around to score thanks to a base knock by Spangenberg.
Then, in the fourth inning, Braun hit a one-out single to get things going. Eric Thames followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Next, Spangenberg came through with a bases clearing triple to put the Brewers up 3-1.
Spangenberg’s motivation didn’t come from playing against his former team though. His motivation comes from competing for a spot in the playoffs.
“You know, playing in the playoffs is all the motivation I need,” Spangenberg said. “This is the first time that I’ve ever had a chance, so I want to do everything I can to get there and be able to experience that.”
The Brewers need some role players to step up to replace the production they would get from a healthy Christian Yelich. Travis Shaw got the memo on Monday night.
He led off the fifth-inning with a pinch-hit home run to put the Brewers up 4-1. It was his first homer since June 23.
“I needed a result,” Shaw said. “I haven’t stopped working this whole season. It’s been well-documented that this season has been quite the grind. I try to stay positive everyday and be ready for any moment if it comes.”
The Brewers (81-69) will look to take game two from the Padres (68-81) on Tuesday night. Brandon Woodruff (11|3, 3.75 ERA, 136 SO) will make his return to the mound as the “opener” ahead of Gio Gonzalez. Chris Paddock (9|7, 3.38 ERA, 144 SO) will take the mound for the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.