MILWAUKEE (AP) -
were each brought to Milwaukee for their postseason experience, and they both had the same message Thursday night.
''Keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing until whenever, Sept. 28 or whatever it is,'' Cameron said. ''Then you look up
and see where you're at. I would think everyone here knows that this is a pretty damn good baseball team.''
The stumbling Brewers just haven't shown it on this homestand.
hit his first career homer and the
San Diego Padres
beat Milwaukee 5-2, handing the Brewers their fourth straight loss.
With all of the NL's playoff hopefuls taking the day off, maybe Milwaukee should have, too, even with principal owner Mark
Attanasio in the crowd. The Brewers' wild-card lead was trimmed to four games over Philadelphia, and they fell five games
behind NL Central-leading Chicago with 22 games left.
''I'm sure everyone knows the circumstance, where we are, whatever, but it don't matter if you don't play good baseball,''
said Cameron, who signed with Milwaukee in the offseason and is being counted on to provide defense and leadership down the
stretch after the Brewers collapsed last year.
Suppan (10-8), who left the Cardinals for a $42 million, four-year deal before the 2007 season, entered 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA
in six starts since August 1 but couldn't stop the young Padres.
''That's the season, you grind through it. When you learn that, you figure you just keep going until ...'' Suppan said, trailing
off. ''There's so many different ways you can lead.''
each drove in two runs for San Diego, which snapped a nine-game road losing streak and is tied with Washington and Seattle
for the fewest wins in the majors.
''I know it's been piling up,'' Padres manager
said. ''I don't know what the number was. We haven't been good on the road, especially considering our arrival time and coming
against a team that if the season ended right now is in the playoffs. That's a good club.''
San Diego got to Milwaukee just before the sun came up Thursday after a loss to the
Los Angeles Dodgers
late Wednesday night, but it was the Brewers who looked jet-lagged after being swept by the
New York Mets
This loss was much more troubling than New York's sweep.
Milwaukee squandered an 8 1/2-game lead last summer and missed the playoffs, and while these Brewers seem more battle tested,
after a 20-7 August they've started September 0-4 - all at home.
''I don't like it, I don't think anybody likes it but it is what it is and we start changing it tomorrow - hopefully,'' Brewers
San Diego, mired in last place in the NL West, eliminated Milwaukee from postseason contention in its visit last year before
the Brewers won the final two of the season to force the Padres into a one-game playoff with Colorado for the wild card that
the Rockies won.
In this four-game series, only San Diego can play spoiler, but the Brewers' problems were self-inflicted Thursday. Milwaukee
stranded nine runners after leaving 26 on in the series against the Mets.
''That's something again we talked about it going in cycles, we didn't do a great job of it against New York and continued
it again,'' said Yost, whose club went hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. ''You're looking to get just
that one big hit and it opens up the floodgates a little bit and we just didn't get it tonight.''
Venable, who was called up from Triple-A Portland last Friday, went deep in the sixth in his sixth big league game. Suppan
was chased minutes later after loading the bases on a single to Hundley, an error and an intentional walk. Rodriguez's sacrifice
gave San Diego a 5-1 lead.
Hundley had a sacrifice fly in the second and a two-out RBI double in the fourth. Rodriguez's fifth-inning single drove in
, who slid in just around
's tag at the plate.
Milwaukee had its chances, stranding two runners in the first, two in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth after
loading the bases with one out and one in the ninth.
(2-1), making his first start since May after being sidelined with a broken left thumb, allowed one run and seven hits over
six innings for San Diego.
surrendered a leadoff single to Kendall in the ninth before finishing for his 28th save.
''I look at my team like this: If we don't hit a guy good, it's because he pitched good,'' Yost said. ''Really, because we
Notes: Brewers SS J.J. Hardy hit his 22nd homer off
in the seventh, cutting the lead to 5-2. ... Estes called Padres 3B
'' for a several nice plays in the field, including robbing Hardy of a run-scoring hit in the second. ''He bailed me out a
couple of times,'' Estes said. ... 2B
were formally released by the Padres on Thursday after the club notified them of the move earlier this week. Iguchi was hitting
.231 with two homers and 24 RBIs, and Tomko had a 1.93 ERA in six games.