The Padres and Brewers combined for 18 runs on 29 hits Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.
There were a total of five home runs 38 baserunners and 343 pitches.
And all anyone talked about afterward was “the catch.”
With the tying runs in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Padres center fielder Will Venable made one of the most significant — and greatest — catches of his career to save the Padres in a 10-8 victory over the Brewers.
Charging in from center Venable made a headfirst dive and caught Norichika Aoki’s slicing line drive in full flight just inches off the ground — not only ending a five-run inning while keeping the Padres ahead but changing the momentum of the game.
Had the ball dropped the game would have been tied at 10-10 — and a lot of white was showing as Venable kept the fingers of the glove between the ball and grass.
“When it left the bat I thought ‘hit.’ I really did” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I thought it was going to fall. B