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SAN DIEGO — There was Carlos Torres in 2016 and Jared Hughes in ’17, veteran relievers cut loose late in Spring Training and scooped up by the Brewers. Lefty Dan Jennings makes it three years in a row.

Jennings, recently released by the Rays, passed a physical before finalizing a one-year contract with the Brewers in time for Friday night’s game against the Padres. The Brewers moved Jimmy Nelson to the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot and optioned first baseman — and Opening Day co-hero — Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room on the active roster for Jennings, who will serve primarily as a lefty specialist.

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SAN DIEGO — There was Carlos Torres in 2016 and Jared Hughes in ’17, veteran relievers cut loose late in Spring Training and scooped up by the Brewers. Lefty Dan Jennings makes it three years in a row.

Jennings, recently released by the Rays, passed a physical before finalizing a one-year contract with the Brewers in time for Friday night’s game against the Padres. The Brewers moved Jimmy Nelson to the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot and optioned first baseman — and Opening Day co-hero — Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room on the active roster for Jennings, who will serve primarily as a lefty specialist.

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“I couldn’t be happier to be closer to home,” said Jennings, who resides with his wife and two young kids in West Des Moines, Iowa. “I’m always happy having a job. I get to play a game for a living.”

He got to play right away for the Brewers, and in a big spot. Jennings was called upon in relief of Jhoulys Chacin with the bases loaded, one out and the Crew in a 4-2 hole in the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-6 Brewers win. Jennings’ second pitch produced a double-play grounder from left-handed hitting Eric Hosmer, and Jennings returned to the mound for a scoreless fifth. In all, he faced three lefties, one switch-hitter and one right-handed batter.

Video: Jennings, Stearns on Jennings joining the Brewers

Jennings, who is wearing No. 38 with the Brewers, split last season between the White Sox and Rays, posting a 3.45 ERA in a career-high 77 appearances. He addresses the Brewers’ need for a lefty reliever while Boone Logan recovers from a triceps strain. Logan is expected to be out of action until early May.

Torres and Hughes ate some valuable innings for the Brewers, who are hoping Jennings can do the same. He has relatively even splits — a .669 OPS against left-handers, and .700 against right-handers — but has improved his success against lefties in the past two seasons by developing a good sinker, which is now his primary pitch.

Jennings’ salary was not immediately available, but it’s believed the Brewers got him for less than $1 million. He Russell Martin Jersey also gets about $600,000 from the Rays after they released him before his $2.375 million salary locked in.

“We’ve been able to sign guys over the last couple of years who we think can help,” Brewers GM David Stearns said. “I don’t know that we can always plan on it, but it’s worked out the last few years.”

Did Jennings see his release coming?

“They started to write about it toward the end,” he said. “[The Rays] are doing some interesting things there, with the four-man rotation and now three-man rotation. I’ve always taken pride in my career in throwing in any situation. That hasn’t changed. I’m just looking forward to being here now.

“That’s something I take pride Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  in, taking the ball every day. I think I was third in the league in appearances last year, and I wanted to be first. I love taking the ball; I love pitching. I made sure [Brewers manager Craig] Counsell knew that.”

One and done (for now)
The Brewers were upfront with Choi that his stay on the big league roster could be brief, but it was still a tough demotion. Choi, who signed a Minor League deal with the Brewers this offseason and made the team as an extra bench bat, knocked a two-out pinch-hit double in the 12th inning and scored the deciding run in Milwaukee’s 2-1 win over the Padres on Opening Day. That came after he posted a 1.245 OPS during Spring Training.

“I think he knew that there was the potential for [a demotion]. It’s still not easy to hear, especially when he had a day like he had yesterday and helped us win a ballgame,” Stearns said. “But, look, he knows he’s a Major League-caliber player. We’ve made that clear to him on a variety of fronts, and he’s going to be back here.”

Choi joins a Triple-A SkySox club that looks pretty good. Among the other position players there are outfielders Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips, each of whom logged significant Major League time last season.  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey Stearns indicated that the Brewers were close to signing a player with big league experience to man third base at Triple-A. The starting rotation is led by 2017 Brewers Opening Day starter Junior Guerra and No. 2 Brewers prospect Corbin Burnes. The bullpen has veteran reliever J.J. Hoover and promising prospect Taylor Williams. O Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ther prospects on the club include shortstop Mauricio Dubon and catcher Jacob Nottingham.

“It’s going to be a fun Triple-A team,” Stearns said. “I think those guys recognize that they are playing with other Major League-caliber players, and they’re all fighting to get back here.”

Franklin converts to catcher
One former big leaguer not headed to Colorado Springs is Nick Franklin, a onetime first-round Draft pick of the Mariners who is being assigned to Double-A Biloxi and converting to catcher, Counsell said.

“We started this about two weeks ago in Spring Training, and it was something, really, that Nick was playing with Paul Molitor Jersey last year,” Counsell said. “We all thought he was really good at it. We’re taking it Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  a step further. He caught some [Minor League] Spring Training games already, and it was really good. So we’re going to transition him into it.”

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SAN DIEGO — Add this to Ryan Braun‘s list of big moments at Petco Park.

With the Brewers down to their final strike Friday and Braun still seeking his first hit of the season, he connected for a go-ahead, three-run home run that capped Milwaukee’ five-run ninth inning in an 8-6 win over the Padres. Braun made the same trip around the bases he made in May 2007 when he hit his first career homer here, and again in 2012 when he became the first player to hit three home runs in a game at spacious Petco Park.

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SAN DIEGO — Add this to Ryan Braun‘s list of big moments at Petco Park.

With the Brewers down to their final strike Friday and Braun still seeking his first hit of the Roberto Osuna Jersey  season, he connected for a go-ahead, three-run home run that capped Milwaukee’ five-run ninth inning in an 8-6 win over the Padres. Braun made the same trip around the bases he made in May 2007 when he hit his first career homer here, and again in 2012 when he became the first player to hit three home runs in a game at spacious Petco Park.

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“All the way around, that rally in the ninth was pretty special,” Braun said. “You’re facing Brad Hand, who has established himself as one of the best relievers in the National League. The likelihood of coming back is so close to zero in that situation. So many guys just battled, grinded. A bunch of two-strike hits, a few lucky hits — to even get an opportunity to hit right there, everyone who hit before me had to do well.

“And, obviously, I was 0-for-the-season. The longer you go 0-for-the-season, the more pressure you put on yourself. It’s always nice to get the first hit.”

Hand, coming off two innings of work in Thursday’s season opener, inherited a 6-3 lead after Brewers starter and former Padre Jhoulys Chacin was touched for four earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings in his Milwaukee debut. Manny Pina and Jesus Aguilar singled to start the comeback, but the game’s turning point may have arrived when Hand kicked Orlando Arcia‘s grounder back to the mound. The error loaded the bases with nobody out, and the Brewers would cut the deficit to 6-5 with RBIs from Jonathan Villar and Lorenzo Cain.

Video: MIL@SD: Villar plates Pina on RBI single in the 9th

That set the stage for Braun, who drove home earlier runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly, but was hitless in his first seven at-bats of the season. He turned on an 0-2 fastball above the strike zone and sent it off the facing of the second deck in left field.

“I don’t even think it was a strike,” Braun said. “I think I’d taken such bad swings, I had a better likelihood of hitting a ball than a strike, maybe.”

Said Hand: “I was trying to go up with a fastball. I got it up, but kind of middle-ish. He put a really good swing on that one, and it came back to haunt me.”

The Brewers are 2-0 for the first time since 2008. On Thursday, closer Corey Knebel suffered a blown save but saw his team win in the 12th inning. On Friday, Knebel struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his first save.

Video: MIL@SD: Knebel strikes out Galvis, locks down save

Do comebacks mean more when they happen early in the season?

“You’d like to think,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “Because you’ve proven you can come back, it sets a good feeling for everybody. Regardless of the outcome, we put a good inning on them. That’s what I was thinking going into Brauny’s at-bat, especially when it was 0-2.

“It’s important early, man. It kind of becomes a trait, and it’s almost self-fulfilling for us as a team. They’re going to battle, no matter what, but it’s good to be paid dividends when you do.”

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
LoCain train: Cain stayed red-hot to start his second Brewers tenure. After going 3-for-5 on Opening Day, he opened Friday’s game with a rocket double to center field that caromed off Manuel Margot‘s glove and finished the night 2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI groundout amid the Brewers’ go-ahead rally in the ninth inning.

“Things work out sometimes when you go up there and try to put the ball in play,” Cain said. “Guys are just going up there, doing the job. I’m mostly trying to get on for the guys behind me. We’ve got really good hitters behind me.”

Video: MIL@SD: Cain plates Aguilar on RBI groundout

Short night for Chacin: The Padres overcame an early 2-0 deficit by touching former teammate Chacin for four runs over 3 1/3 innings, with most of the damage coming when Cory Spangenberg and Austin Hedges swatted back-to-back home runs for a 3-2 lead in the second. On the way to posting a 1.79 ERA in 16 home starts as a Padre last season, Chacin surrendered just eight homers in 100 1/3 innings at Petco.

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HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF ‘EM
Third-year Brewers shortstop Arcia is a fantastic defensive player, but he endured an embarrassing moment in the third inning when he lost count of the outs. With a runner at first and one down, Carlos Asuaje hit what looked like a routine double-play grounder to second baseman Hernan Perez. He fed the baseball to Arcia Paul Molitor Jersey , who stepped on second base and, instead of relaying to first for an inning-ending double play, began to trot to the Brewers’ dugout before realizing his mistake.

The miscue didn’t burn the Brewers, however. Chacin needed one more pitch to retire Freddy Galvis on a groundout.

Video: MIL@SD: Arcia forgets how many outs there are

MYERS AILING
Padres right fielder Wil Myers exited for a pinch-runner in the seventh, and it was later revealed that Myers has been battling a stiff back for a little over a week.

Green indicated that Myers is “day to day,” and it’s unclear whether he’ll play in Saturday’s series finale.

“It just kind of came up in Spring Training a little bit, and it just lingered and stayed there,” Myers said. “But I’ll be fine.”

Myers went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, his first hits of the year.

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“We had four strikeouts tonight, which is a really low number for us. That’s part of it — with two strikes, put it in play. … We’ve changed the makeup of our offen Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey se a little bit. We’re hoping there’s going to be a little less [swing and miss].” — Counsell, whose club has set Major League Baseball’s all-time record for strikeouts in each of the last two seasons

Video: MIL@SD: Counsell talks Brewers’ come-from-behind win

WHAT’S NEXT
Brewers: Left-hander Brent Suter, one of the three Brewers players to make an Opening Day roster for the first time, gets the start Russell Martin Jersey  in Saturday’s 7:40 p.m. CT series finale. Suter works fast and gets outs throwing more than 70 percent fastballs, even though they average 85 mph. With a righty pitching for the Padres, expect Eric Thames to get his first start at first base, coming off his 31-homer Brewers debut last season.

Padres: It certainly feels like a critical year in Luis Perdomo‘s development. The former Rule 5 Draft pick spun his wheels last season, after showing promise during his rookie campaign. The 24-year-old right-hander will begin his season in Saturday night’s finale against Milwaukee at 5:40 p.m. PT.

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SAN D Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey IEGO — Jhoulys Chacin was so good for the Padres at Petco Park Russell Martin Jersey last season — compiling a 1.79 ERA in 16 home starts — it made perfect sense for the Brewers to slot him into their opening series here after striking a two-year deal over the winter. But Padres manager Andy Green made a good point.

“He was pitching at home,” Green said. “Now he’s pitching on the road.”

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SAN DIEGO — Jhoulys Chacin was so good for the Padres at Petco Park last season — compiling a 1.79 ERA in 16 home starts — it made perfect sense for the Brewers to slot him into their opening series here after striking a two-year deal over the winter. But Padres manager Andy Green made a good point.

“He was pitching at home,” Green said. “Now he’s pitching on the road.”

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Indeed, Chacin looked anything but comfortable on his old mound Friday, when it took a furious Brewers rally in the ninth inning to overcome Chacin’s shaky start in an 8-6 win over his former Padres teammates. They tallied s Paul Molitor Jersey even hits in 3 1/3 innings in Chacin’s Brewers debut, including back-to-back home runs in a go-ahead second inning. Chacin was charged with four runs, all earned, while walking two, hitting a batter and striking out one.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell made an early call to the bullpen with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, one out, Eric Hosmer coming up for San Diego and the Padres leading, 4-2. Another Brewers newcomer, left-hander Dan Jennings, who had just signed a contract with Milwaukee hours earlier, induced a double play to spare Chacin further damage.

Video: MIL@SD: Chacin discusses first start of the season

“It wasn’t the way you want to start the season,” Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  Chacin said, “but my team picked me up.”

Only once last season did Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  Chacin surrender multiple home runs in a start at Petco Park, but Cory Spangenberg and Austin Hedges went back-to-back in the second inning for a 3-2 lead. Spangenberg’s home run was a two-run shot.

“The home run I gave up to Hedges, it was the pitch I wanted to throw and where I wanted to throw it,” Chacin said. “They saw the ball well, maybe.”

Perhaps Chacin will have better results at his new home, Miller Park. He’s lined up to make his next start against the Cardinals in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

“I don’t think he got any of his pitches going,” Counsell said. “Especially his slider, it never became the weapon that it is tonight. He was behind in the count quite a bit. He couldn’t get anything going on the right track. He kind of battled through it and survived a little bit, and we got him out in the fourth to keep us in the game.”

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SAN DIEGO — Ji-Man Choi knows his opening stint with the Brewers could be short, but he certainly made the most of Opening Day.

Brewers GM David Stearns said he couldn’t comment about the team’s pending one-year agreement with left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, who must pass a physical before he can join the Brewers as soon as  Russell Martin Jersey Friday at Petco Park. Choi, whose inclusion on the Opening Day roster was something of a surprise, and who has a Minor League option remaining, appeared the likeliest to be the odd man out, even after roping a pinch-hit double with two outs in the 12th inning and scoring the deciding run in the Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

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SAN DIEGO — Ji-Man Choi knows his opening stint with the Brewers could be short, but he certainly made the most of Opening Day.

Brewers GM David Stearns said he couldn’t comment about the team’s pending one-year agreement with left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, who must pass a physical before he can join the Brewers as soon as Friday at Petco Park. Choi, whose inclusion on the Opening Day roster was something of a surprise, and who has a Minor League option remaining, appeared the likeliest to be the odd man out, even after roping a pinch-hit double with two outs in the 12th inning and scoring the deciding run in the Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

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“We had a meeting with [manager] Craig [Counsell] yesterday and he explained how we’re all a team together,” Choi said. “I just want to be a part of that team and be a piece of the puzzle.”

Video: MIL@SD: Arcia puts Brewers on top with single in 12th

The final decision went all the way to the eve of Opening Day, as Stearns and his team scoured the list of other teams’ cuts for bullpen help and zeroed in on Jennings, the 30-year-old who was recently released by the Rays. Jennings would give Counsell a second left-handed reliever alongside Josh Hader while the veteran who was brought in to fill that role, Boone Logan, recovers from a triceps Paul Molitor Jersey  strain. The Brewers expect Logan to be sidelined into early May.

In a career-high 77 appearances last season with the White Sox and Rays, Jennings logged a 3.45 ERA and limited left-handed batters to a .628 OPS.

“At this time of year, there are always players available, so we were going to be on the lookout for someone regardless [of Logan’s injury],” Stearns said. “I think every team has its own philosophy. I think some teams prefer to stick with the guys who have gone through camp. We’ve proven in the past that we’re open, if there’s the right fit, to bringing someone in at the end of camp. We think it’s benefitted us in the past, and if we’re able to accomplish something this year, we’re hopeful that will benefit us as well.”

Part of that benefit is cost. The Brewers have added a reliever at the end of Spring Training in each of the past two years for less than $1 million, and Carlos Torres and Jared Hughes each wound up playing meaningful roles last season. Jennings, who already is due about $600,000 from the Rays Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  following his release, presumably wo Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey uld come at a similarly modest salary.

While the Brewers finalize that addition, Choi was making his general manager look prescient. In discussing the roster on Wednesday, Stearns said, “This is a rare opportunity where you get to set a roster for exactly one day, and we can set a roster that gives us a good chance to win for that one day.”

And that’s just what happened.

“Before the game, actually, Pat [Murphy, Milwaukee’s bench coach] came and talked to me and said how I’m a Major League-caliber player,” Choi said. “That uplifted me and gave me the confidence. Even when I came in to pinch-hit, I had that confidence to do well.”

Video: Counsell talks about Choi’s spring performance

Aguilar waits turn, too
After news leaked late Wednesday that Choi had made the team, fans flocked to Jesus Aguilar‘s Twitter page to see whether it offered any clues about his fate. Two words — “new tiger” — caused a stir.

Yes, Aguilar had been traded to the Tigers, but not the Detroit Tigers. Over the winter in Venezuela, he was traded to the Tigres de Aragua, based in his hometown of Maracay.

Brewers Spanish language translator Carlos Brizuela alerted Aguilar to the confusion, and Aguilar edited his bio. “I didn’t know until he called me,” Aguilar said. “I Roberto Osuna Jersey was happy to go to Aragua. It’s my home team. I’m from there, so I’m excited about it.”

With the Brewers, Aguilar is currently one of four first basemen. Last year, Aguilar started against left-handers, but with Ryan Braun in the mix it was Braun who started Opening Day against the Padres’ Clayton Richard. Another lefty, Joey Lucchesi, is slated to start Friday.

“We have a lot of people there, but I’m still here,” Aguilar said. “I’m going to stay positive.”

Last call
Eric Sogard battled a stiff neck at the end of exhibition season but declared himself “100 percent” for Opening Day. He’s in a second-base timeshare with Jonathan Villar.

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SAN DIEGO — Before Corey Knebel was saddled with a blown save, and Jeremy Jeffress bent but didn’t break, and Orlando Arcia got enough wood on a changeup in the 12th inning to push a go-ahead single through the infield, Chase Anderson was the story for the Brewers on Opening Russell Martin Jersey Day.

After all those other things transpired in Thursday’s 2-1 extra-innings win over the Padres, Anderson’s six scoreless innings were still a big story for a team betting its pitching is better than everyone outside the organization thinks it is.

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SAN DIEGO — Before Corey Knebel was saddled with a blown save, and Jeremy Jeffress bent but didn’t break, and Orlando Arcia got enough wood on a changeup in the 12th inning to push a go-ahead single through the infield, Chase Anderson was the story for the Brewers on Opening Day.

After all those other things transpired in  Roberto Osuna Jersey Thursday’s 2-1 extra-innings win over the Padres, Anderson’s six scoreless innings were still a big story for a team b Paul Molitor Jersey etting its pitching is better than everyone outside the organization thinks it is.

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“We pitched really well today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve pitched really well for a while now. We haven’t gotten a ton of credit for how well we’ve been pitching, going back to last year.”

Video: MIL@SD: Anderson dominates over six shutout frames

That is some explanation for the angst over GM David Stearns’ decision to stand with the starting staff he’d already assembled in the wake of the splashy acquisitions of outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The Brewers got all the way to the regular season without Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey making another notable addition to a rotation that will be without its top arm, Jimmy Nelson, until June at the earliest.

Anderson calmed the chorus for a day by delivering the sixth scoreless Opening Day start in franchise history. He allowed a lone single over six innings while dancing around three walks with six strikeouts, a performance more impressive considering it was unclear as of Thursday morning whether Anderson would pitch at all. He developed a bad stomach bug earlier in the week and was miserable while the rest of the team played a pair of exhibitions in Houston.

“I was wondering, honestly,” Anderson said. “It was pretty bad. Even waking up this morning, my energy level wasn’t good. I was still weak, still trying to get my strength back. I was able to get through it today.”

He did better than get through it. Anderson did not surrender a hit in the first three innings while enduring a scare in the top of the third, when he slid awkwardly while scoring his team’s first run of 2018.

Video: MIL@SD: Yelich plates Anderson with first Brewers hit

In the fourth, Anderson allowed a Jose Pirela single, the Padres’ only hit against Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey  him. In the sixth, he retired the heart of San Diego’s lineup — Wil Mye Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey rs, Eric Hosmer and Pirela — in order.

“I was a little concerned about the sixth inning because I thought he was getting a little tired,” Counsell said, “but he went out there and made some quality pitches. He was fighting it pretty bad in Houston, but he delivered today.”

Said Anderson: “When you get the spot to pitch the first game of the season, you want to set the tone and make the guys behind you trust in you and respect you. Go out there and put up zeros.”

Six times in 50 seasons as a franchise, a Pilots/Brewers starting pitcher has not permitted a run. Anderson joined a list that includes Yovani Gallardo, Ben Sheets, Teddy Higuera (twice) and Jim Slaton.

“It’s about setting a good game plan every day and going out and executing that plan,” Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson said. “The names on the back of the jerseys are who we have, and I’m plenty happy with who we have.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Knebel can’t hold it: Josh Hader and Matt Albers worked a scoreless inning apiece to pass a 1-0 lead to 2017 All-Star Knebel, who saw it slip away. After San Diego’s Carlos Asuaje led off with a single, pinch-runner Matt Szczur put himself in scoring position with a gutsy, two-out steal of second base. He scored two pitches later, when Freddy Galvis grounded an RBI single past diving Brewers first baseman Ryan Braun.

Video: MIL@SD: Galvis delivers late game-tying single in 9th

“I thought Corey threw the ball well,” Counsell said. “He threw a 2-0 curveball; you give [Galvis] credit. He just fell behind a little bit and you give the guy credit.”

Escape act: Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress followed Knebel and found himself in deep trouble w Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey hen he loaded the bases with one out in the 11th. The Padres had a chance to end the game earlier in the frame when Pirela’s bloop single trickled away from Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana. But Hosmer was held at third base, leaving the game in Chase Headley‘s hands. Jeffress executed a split-fingered fastball and Headley smacked a hard ground ball to third base, where Travis Shaw started a 5-2-3 double play.

Video: MIL@SD: Jeffress induces DP with bases loaded in 11th

“I was pumped up. Did you happen to see me right there?” Jeffress said. “I was just excited. That’s the drive and the confidence we need out of everybody. Coming out of the ‘pen, you have to be ready to beat everybody.”

Welcome Crew: Brewers newcomers Cain and Yelich combined for four singles — three from Cain — and helped manufacture the only run in the game until the ninth inning. With two outs in the third, Anderson swatted a single to center off Padres starter Clayton Richard, extending the inning for Cain and Yelich to add their own base hits. Yelich’s hit landed mere feet in front of Pirela, whose throw to the plate was up the line. Anderson scored — though his slide wasn’t pretty.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” said Arcia.

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Extra innings have been good to the Brewers on Opening Day. They improved to 3-0 in those circumstances, with Thursday’s win joining a list with victories over the Cubs in 2008 and the Rockies in ’13. Both of the earlier games went 10 innings.

WHAT’S NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin, the Padres’ Opening Day starter a year ago, will make his Brewers debut against his former team when the series continues Friday night at 9:10 p.m. CT. Chacin pitched well enough in a career-high 32 starts last season to get a two-year, $15.5 million contract from Milwaukee, and logged a 1.84 ERA in his five Spring Training starts. He’s 11-4 with a 2.03 ERA in 20 career games (18 starts) at Petco Park.

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SAN DIEGO — Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia had a theory about that Chase Anderson slide in the Brewers’ 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Padres on Opening  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey Day.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” Roberto Osuna Jersey Arcia said.

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SAN DIEGO — Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia had a theory about that Chase Anderson slide in the Brewers’ 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Padres on Opening Day.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” Arcia said.

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Actually, Anderson’s hand got in the way, which was a good Russell Martin Jersey thing. Christian Yelich Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ‘s first RBI as a Brewer stirred a few moments of concern Thursday after Anderson appeared to hit the side of his head on home plate, then stopped on the way back to the Brewers’ dugout and put his hands on his knees before completing the trip.

Anderson, who was also fighting a stomach bug, underwent concussion tests while the half-inning concluded, however, and was cleared to return to the mound for four more scoreless innings.

Video: MIL@SD: Anderson dominates over six shutout frames

It wound up being a critical run, and represented the first instance of the Brewers’ new top-of-the-order duo of Lorenzo Cain and Yelich at work. After Anderson extended the inning with a sharp single to center field, Cain and Yelich followed with singles of their own to plate Milwaukee’s first run. Cain finished with three hits, while Yelich went 1-for-4 in his Brewers debut including that soft single in front of left fielder Jose Pirela for a 1-0 lead in the third.

Anderson chugged home hard on the play.

“I think the biggest thing was, my decision-making was late and I went down late to slide and didn’t have my feet where I needed to have my feet,” Anderson said. “I think my left foot hit the plate and slipped a little bit, and I had to brace myself with my left hand and I hit my nose. That jarred me up a little bit.

“I don’t know if I blacked out for a minute or not, but I came up and didn’t feel very good. I didn’t know what happened.”

After it was clear that Anderson was OK, he wondered what teammates might have in store to remind him of his adventure.

“[Jeremy Jeffr Paul Molitor Jersey ess] was already talking about bubble-wrapping me next time I  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey go to the plate,” Anderson said. “I’m just glad I didn’t get hurt.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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