- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Christian Friedrich’s parents and two sisters showed up at Miller Park to cheer on his first major league start in two seasons. So did some old coaches and other friends.

They watched Friedrich pitch six effective innings for the San Diego Padres in a hard-luck loss.

He wiggled out of several jams after allowing four hits and walking six, but the Padres couldn’t solve Junior Guerra in losing 1-0 on Friday night to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Friedrich (0-1) made his Padres debut after being promoted from Triple-A El Paso. It was his first big league start since 2014.

“A lot of family and friends. … It was a really neat experience,” said Friedrich, who was born in Evanston, Illinois, about a 90-minute drive from Milwaukee.

The Friedrich fan club returned home after watching the left-hander lose his 11th straight decision, a streak that dates to 2012.

The Brewers scored on Chris Carter’s sacrifice fly in the first, snapping a 23-inning scoreless streak by Padres pitching.

Friedrich retired the side in order just once. But he escaped trouble after the first, stranding the bases loaded in the third.

“He had a little trouble settling in. I thought he did a lot better when he started spinning the baseball more,” manager Andy Green said. “I think he was a little fastball dominant in the first inning. He gave us six strong innings today.”

Guerra (2-0) also pitched six innings, shutting down one of the National League’s lighter-hitting teams. The right-hander allowed two hits and walked two before three relievers finished the three-hitter.

At least the Padres held Ryan Braun hitless in three at-bats, snapping his 12-game hitting streak. Braun, who is hitting .367, was also intentionally walked in the third.


Despite the missed opportunities, the one-run lead was safe with a Brewers bullpen that is lights-out with the lead in late innings.

Jeremy Jeffress finished with a strikeout for his ninth save, preserving Guerra’s best start since he was called up on May 3 from Triple-A.

San Diego’s best scoring opportunity came in the fifth, when Adam Rosales doubled to the left-field wall with one out before moving to third on a wild pitch. Guerra struck out Friedrich and got Jon Jay to bounce out.

“If we were are going to be a good offensive baseball club, we have to be in the strike zone. We have to swing at strikes,” Green said. “We got outside the zone, (Guerra) preyed on that a little bit.”

Guerra also picked up his first major league hit with a single up the middle in the third.


Padres: Green hoped starting pitcher Andrew Cashner would miss the minimum amount of time after going on the disabled list Friday for a strained right hamstring. The right-hander last pitched on Sunday, taking the loss when the Padres fell 3-2 to the New York Mets. “He is back, making a start, I think we are looking at him the 24th in San Francisco,” Green said. … C Derek Norris might be out of the starting lineup for a couple days after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch on Thursday, though Green said he would be available to pinch-hit.

Brewers: LHP Will Smith smiled after throwing off a mound for the first time since the reliever sprained his right knee in spring training. Smith, who is on the 15-day disabled list, was supposed to share closing duties with right-hander Jeffress.


Padres: Green announced after the game that reliever Luis Perdomo will start in Cashner’s place on Saturday. It will be Perdomo’s first big league start. Green said he expected to rely on the bullpen heavily.

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (2-4) will try to make a second straight quality start in what has otherwise been a tough beginning to the season.

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