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MILWAUKEE -- Five games under .500 and 5½ games out of first place, the Milwaukee Brewers aren't where they expected to be.
"Last year, everything went well. It was a special season," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after Saturday's 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres, the team with the next-to-worst record in the major leagues. "We're a little shy this year. We're not getting the big hit when we need it."
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Ross Ohlendorf (1-0) pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief for only his second big league win since July 2010. The Brewers went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, about their season average of .240.
Mike Fiers (1-2), making his third start of the season for Milwaukee, allowed four runs and a career-high 10 hits in six innings.
"Fiers threw too many hittable pitches," Roenicke said. "They didn't crush balls but they put the ball in play a lot."
Fiers acknowledged he needs to learn from his mistakes.
"Four runs in six innings is not a great job. I've got to do better," he said. "They put a lot of good swings on the ball and found holes."
Given a 2-1 lead, Fiers allowed a tying double to Will Venable in the fifth. The Padres went ahead 4-2 in the sixth when Chase Headley, Yonder Alonso and Cameron Maybin loaded the bases with consecutive one-out singles, and John Baker hit a two-run single up the middle.
"They hit the ball in the right spot today," Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado said.
Yonder Alonso added an RBI single with two outs in the seventh against Manny Parra after pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia's double.
San Diego opened with hard-throwing Andrew Cashner, a 25-year-old making his first start of the season and just the second in a major league career that has spanned parts of three seasons. Several of his fastballs were recorded at 100 mph or greater on the Miller Park scoreboard.
"It's pretty amazing to have a starter throwing that hard," Maldonado said. "You don't see 100 mph every day."
Cashner, who made 27 relief appearances this season, lasted 47 pitches over 2 1/3 innings. He gave up one run and two hits with five strikeouts, two walks and two wild pitches.
Black said Cashner will be sent to San Antonio to get more work as a starter.
"He's going to start at the Double-A club to continue to build off of what he did today," Black said. "All in all, he threw the ball fine. Today was a building block for future starts."
Cashner nearly hit Fiers with a high, inside fastball as the Brewers pitcher attempted to bunt.
"That's the first time facing a guy who threw that hard," Fiers said. "At least I got the bunt down with two strikes."
Ohlendorf, signed by the Padres on June 4 after opting out of a minor league deal with the Red Sox, relieved after Norichika Aoki's groundout leading off the third. he allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two.
Luke Gregerson relieved with two on in the seventh and retired Rickie Weeks on a lineout to center. Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save in five chances.
San Diego, a big league-worst 6-20 on the road, fell behind when Weeks hit an RBI double. Logan Forsythe's RBI single tied the score in the third, but Martin Maldonado's run-scoring single gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron was third-base coach in place of Ed Sedar, who left the team temporarily after the death of his father. ... San Diego has used 11 starting pitchers, the most since tying a team record with 15 in 2009. ... The Padres and Brewers were the only teams not playing interleague this weekend. ... Venable returned to the lineup after missing four games with a right oblique strain. ... A day after homering twice, Milwaukee's Corey Hart went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
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|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, RF||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.268|
|Logan Forsythe, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||2||1||.409|
|Mark Kotsay, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.261|
|a- Chris Denorfia, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||1||3||0||1||1||1||.269|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.261|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.221|
|John Baker, C||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.227|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Andrew Cashner, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Ross Ohlendorf, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Luke Gregerson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dale Thayer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Kotsay in the 7th|
|2B - Will Venable (13, Fiers), Chris Denorfia (10, Parra)|
|RBI - Will Venable (13), Logan Forsythe (4), Yonder Alonso (16), John Baker 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (3), Logan Forsythe (3), Yonder Alonso (5)|
|SB - Everth Cabrera (5, 2nd base off Fiers/Maldonado)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|San Diego Padres|
|Ross Ohlendorf (W,1-0)||4.1||5||1||1||2||4||0||3.38|
|Luke Gregerson (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.15|
|Dale Thayer (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.00|
|Huston Street (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.77|
|HBP - Morgan (by Luke Gregerson)|
|WP - Andrew Cashner 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 47-31, Ross Ohlendorf 67-43, Luke Gregerson 21-12, Joe Thatcher 1-1, Dale Thayer 3-1, Huston Street 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 2-0, Ross Ohlendorf 4-5, Dale Thayer 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 11, Ross Ohlendorf 20, Luke Gregerson 4, Joe Thatcher 1, Dale Thayer 1, Huston Street 3|
|Corey Hart, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.258|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Ryan Braun, LF||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.306|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.159|
|Cody Ransom, SS||2||1||0||0||2||2||2||.226|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.230|
|Martin Maldonado, C||2||0||1||1||1||0||1||.233|
|a- George Kottaras, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.241|
|Michael Fiers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.081|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Taylor Green, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
|d- Carlos Gomez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Maldonado in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Fiers in the 6th|
|c-announced for Parra in the 8th|
|d-singled for T. Green in the 8th|
|2B - Aramis Ramirez (17, Ohlendorf), Rickie Weeks (9, Cashner)|
|SH - Michael Fiers 2 (2)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (15), Martin Maldonado (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (6)|
|SB - Norichika Aoki (4, 2nd base off Cashner/Baker)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Ransom-Weeks-Hart, Hart|
|Michael Fiers (L,1-2)||6||10||4||4||1||6||0||4.50|
|WP - Michael Fiers (1), Francisco Rodriguez (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Michael Fiers 91-62, Manny Parra 32-19, Francisco Rodriguez 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Fiers 2-8, Manny Parra 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Michael Fiers 27, Manny Parra 9, Francisco Rodriguez 4|
|Attendance - 41604|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|