Friday, April 30, 2010

Suds up

You know the Padres are hot when they shut out the Brewers on Beerfest Night. Friday's 3-0 victory was San Diego's 12th win in 14 games.

The Brewers faced Clayton Richard three times in 2009 and hit only .203 against him in 59 at-bats. Anticipating a lot of fastballs from Richard on Friday, the Brewers instead got a healthy dose of changeups and looked lost for most of the game. Richard struck out eight in six innings, matching his career mark.

"He was able to throw more than one pitch," Corey Hart, Milwaukee's No. 6 hitter, told this illustrious blog. "We faced him in the past and it was a lot of fastballs. Today he threw a lot more changeups and kept us off balance. He's always kept us off balance. Today, he threw a lot more offspeed pitches."

Padres haven't allowed a run in the last 24 innings. In the last 14 games, their starters are 9-1 with a 2.28 ERA. Brewers have lost seven of eight games.

I'm told the Padres created Beerfest Night after hearing that Beerfest was popular in Oakland. Seemed like a hit here. A good-sized throng sampled locally brewed beer before the game. Just guessing, but there's some potential there. Look at how popular over-the-line is in San Diego. The Padres can't replicate the tail-gating experience at The Murph, but give them credit for trying something new.

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