Bandy lifts Brewers over Padres, to top of NL Central

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But while the Cubs have the title banner it's Milwaukee who's leading the National League Central at six games over.500. "Hopefully we can keep that rolling".

He was 4-for-4 Thursday with a double, a walk and drove in the first three runs scored by the Brewers. Travis Shaw, who missed the previous two games with a swollen right index finger, started the rally with a double to left. After a Keon Broxton single loaded the bases, Orlando Arcia drove in the game victor with a rbi groundout.

The bespectacled utility man, a career.239 hitter entering this season, was a virtual one-man wrecking crew as the Brewers took three of four from the Padres and won for the ninth time in 11 games overall.

Milwaukee's Zach Davies (5-2) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Jacob Barnes (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his second save. "He's just got to get his strength back", Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell told reporters. Combined with the fact that Sogard is producing both at the plate and in the field, the skipper will likely try to be creative in finding ways to get him in the game-just as he's done all season with utility man extraordinaire Hernán Pérez. Chacin left an inning after the Padres tied it at 1. The 24-year-old has a porous 1.74 WHIP and opposing batters are hitting a scorching.317 against him.

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In the top of the ninth, Eric Shaw doubled with one-out. "He's given us the opportunity to win a lot of games". Leadoff walk to start the game; after that he ends up giving up a ground ball to let that run score but after that he was really, really good.

"I think these are guys who have had track records of success at various levels, all of them", Brewers General Manager David Stearns told WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News on Thursday. Also expected to start Friday is 1B-OF Eric Thames, who pinch-hit Thursday after missing four starts in San Diego with strep throat. Counsell said Thames is making progress. "He's just got to get his strength back", Counsell said.

Padres: RHP Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.05) is to start at home Friday against Arizona. RHP Trevor Cahill (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing. Cosart hasn't won a game since September 17, 2015, pitching for the Marlins at Washington.

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