Padres offense silent again

The San Diego Padres scored first but the Milwaukee Brewers quickly came back to take the lead and held the Padres to just five hits in a 3-1 loss. The Friars could not mount much during the game as pitcher Dennis Tankersley saw more men on base in his at bats than any other player.

"It's tough to win when you score one run per game," Manager Bruce Bochy said. A Craig Counsel hit down the left field line that went by Terrence Long as it hit the wall along the line was ruled a triple, although an error could have easily been issued as Long went to close to the wall and did not play the ball off it properly. The play scored Gary Bennett who drew a one out walk. Geoff Jenkins followed with an RBI double to put the Brewers up 2-1.

Jenkins added another double, of the ground rule variety, to score Counsell for the second time to put the Brewers up 3-1 in the fifth.

Dennis Tankersley ended up pitching into the seventh before being lifted. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks. It is the second game in a row that Tankersley has lost to Milwaukee. Ironically he earned his first Major League win against the Brewers.

Khalil Greene knocked in the sole Padre run with a two out single to left field. Terrence Long had drawn a two out walk and Ramon Hernandez was hit on the elbow before Greene got his base hit.


Sean Burroughs was a late scratch from Friday's game with the Brewers due to a stomach virus.

Despite just four wins in their last 14 games against the Brewers, the Padres lead the all-time series 27-21...Friars went 14-8 at The Q and are 13-12 in Milwaukee. They are now 0-1 at Petco Park.

Since batting .266 at the end of play on May 14, Padres center fielder Jay Payton has raised his average to .303 after hitting safely in 14 of his last 16 games. After going 0-for-4, he snapped a season-high 11-game hitting streak during which he was batting .429 (18-for-42) with a home run, three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored. During the month of May, Payton led the Friars with a .354 batting average (29-for-82) over 24 games.

The Padres celebrated the 10th class of their Padres Scholars program by introducing 25 members of the Class of 2004 on Friday prior to the Padres-Brewers game at PETCO Park.

The Padres Scholars program was introduced as the first of its kind in professional sports on June 21, 1995, the brainchild of several club executives and former Padres Tony Gwynn, Steve Finley and Brad Ausmus. As part of the program, each academically talented, financially disadvantaged San Diego middle school student will receive a $5,000 scholarship, plus accrued interest, upon entering a four-year college or university. Students must maintain high standards in academics and citizenship through middle and high school to receive the scholarship. In addition, the recipients must also remain members of AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, an internationally renowned college preparatory curriculum that began in San Diego in 1980.

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