SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday, the Brewers turned into “never again” territory when news swept the clubhouse that long-hittering outfielder Hunter Renfro was the last to be on the injured list. You can understand a little bit of anger.
With shortstop Willy Adames and right-hander Freddy Peralta already in the IL and closer Josh Hader returning home to take care of household affairs, the Brewers are two of three home run leaders, an All-Star One in three starting pitchers, the award-winning closure perfect for this season’s save chance. All within the last 10 days.
But baseball’s schedule doesn’t bend for a team that faces a manpower shortage. So the Brewers beat Padres 4-1 at Petco Park, with National League Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes serving as the stopper appropriately and Tyrone Taylor takes over. Right fielder Renfro’s position and tie-breaking three-run homer boost, and three relief pitchers pitched one step closer to the end of the game than usual. Hoby Milner in the 7th, Trevor Gott in the 8th, and Devin Williams in the 9th – a victory that stopped San Diego’s five-game losing streak.
A good team endures difficult situations, and the Brewers consider themselves a pretty good team.
“It’s difficult.” Renfroe said. “We also play 19 games in 18 days. Now is kind of a terrible time for that to happen.”
But he said, “We will keep fighting. I’ll go into the weight room and do everything I can to stay healthy and still hit and still be ready, and when I leave, I’ll be better than I am.”
On Tuesday, the Brewers conceded their first run of the year ahead of Burnes’ three innings, but one more win after Mike Brosseau threw a tying home run in the fifth and held Padres 1-0 until Taylor met reliever Craig Stammen. I did. A homer lead in the 6th with a 4-1 lead.