Milwaukee Brewers defeat San Diego Padres, 6-5

So, if you told Ken Macha beforehand that his starter wouldn't make it through the fourth inning in either of the first two games against the pitching-rich San Diego Padres, yet his club would win both, what would he have said?

"I would have said, 'Nice job by the bullpen,' " replied the Milwaukee Brewers manager.

Nice job indeed.

With rookie reliever Mike McClendon working three scoreless innings for his first big-league victory and old-school closer John Axford ...

Reliever LaTroy Hawkins will know when he awakens in a recovery room in Los Angeles on Friday what lies ahead in terms of getting ready to pitch in 2011.

Hawkins will have exploratory surgery that day on his ailing right shoulder to determine the extent of the "wear and tear" that has shut him down for most of the season. Lewis Yocum will perform the arthroscopic procedure, which could be expanded if more damage is found than anticipated.

"I've got some fraying in th...