Sogard leads Brewers offense in 6-2 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Former Padres draft pick and current Brewers third baseman Eric Sogard recorded a career-high four hits in a 6-2 Milwaukee win Tuesday night.

Sogard’s 4-for-4 performance backed up Jimmy Nelson’s six innings on the mound, where he struck out eight San Diego batters and only allowed two earned runs. But Sogard wasn’t the sole contributor on offense. Jesus Aguilar had a pair of hits and a RBI, along with Panny Piña’s two-run double.

Most of Milwaukee’s damage was done in the first inning, racking up four base-hits in a row and bringing five total runs across the plate. It brings the Brewers season average up to 1.05 runs scored in the opening frame — best in the entire league. Clayton Richard was the unlucky victim of Milwaukee’s hot hitting, getting tagged for all six runs, while giving up 10 hits.

“They took advantage early,” Richard said. “I didn’t throw the ball terribly. It was a few pulled changeups, and that really hurt. It happened quick, and unfortunately it was too much of a hole to get out of.”

Richard did manage to strike out seven Milwaukee batters over the course of his six innings. First baseman Wil Myers and left fielder Matt Szczur drove in San Diego’s pair of runs on the night.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson fanned eight in his six innings of work, picking up his second win of the year in the process.

Renfroe walk-off leads Padres over Brewers 6-5

SAN DIEGO — Eric Sogard’s solo shot at the top of the 10th inning wasn’t enough, as Hunter Renfroe countered with a two-run blast to give the San Diego Padres a 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night.

Sogard was just called up from Triple-A on Friday, but has already tied his career-high with two home runs. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they still had to play defense after Sogard broke a 4-4 tie. Oliver Drake was charged with his first blown save of the year when he gave up the Renfroe home run. For the Padres, it was their first walk-off win of the season.

“It’s at the top [of my best moments]. … First walk-off home run tonight, that’s pretty special,” said Renfroe.

Chase Anderson started the game for Milwaukee, lasting 5.1 innings while giving up four earned runs on six hits. He said he felt good prior to the game, but struggled with command, walking three batters. Manager Craig Counsell wasn’t too concerned about his performance.

“I thought Chase [Anderson’s] velocity was exceptional,” Counsell said. “I thought his fastball command was a little off; got him in trouble a little bit. He threw the ball well…”

As a team, Milwaukee’s pitching staff ranks 20th in the MLB with a 4.29 ERA. Over the last three games, the Brewers are pitching a 6.00 ERA, tied for fifth-worst in the league.

Arcia hitless in Major League debut

SAN DIEGO — Top prospect Orlando Arcia got his first Major League start for the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 at the plate in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

The 21-year-old shortstop went hitless in his debut, but made some plays on the defensive end that raised some eyebrows.

“I didn’t hit very well, but I was able to play good defense and we were able to get the win. It always feels good to win,” Arcia said.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his 15th home run of the season in the sixth inning, followed by a two-run RBI thanks to Chris Carter. Braun offered his support of Arcia as he tries to live up to the hype of being one of Milwaukee’s three prospects in Baseball America‘s top eight.

“Easier said than done,” Braun said. “There’s a ton of adrenaline, a ton of emotion, a lot of thoughts that are running through your head. Hey, it’s even exciting for all of us to see a guy with his potential show up. It’s something we can all feed off of.”

The Brewers and Padres finish up the three-game series Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. CT.

Brewers call up top prospect Orlando Arcia

SAN DIEGO — The same night the Milwaukee Brewers traded away veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy, manager Craig Counsell announced the team would be calling up top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“The thinking is it’s time to get started,” Counsell said following Monday’s game. “We’ve still got 55 games left, a good chunk of the season left, where we’re hopeful that it gives [Arcia] good experience going into next year”

The No. 1 prospect in Milwaukee’s farm system has 404 minor league at-bats in 2015 with a .267 batting average with eight home runs and 15 steals.

Arcia will get the start at shortstop Tuesday night in San Diego, bumping Jonathan Villar over to third base.  Counsell says he’ll have to find a new place for Hernan Perez, whose hot season continued with his eighth home run of the season in Monday night’s 7-3 loss.

Milwaukee is now tied for the most prospects (eight) ranked in the Top 75.