Before the fences at Petco Park were brought in at the start of this season, not many batters had fond memories of hitting at the Padres' spacious yard.
One exception, however, was Ryan Braun. The last time the Milwaukee slugger visited San Diego, he became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at the park. In Braun's final at-bat of the game, with an opportunity to hit his fourth long ball of the night, the outfielder drove a ball to the deepest part of the yard in right-center field and settled for a two-run triple.
What makes that hit back on April 30, 2012 so interesting is that with the new dimensions of Petco Park, Braun's triple might've gone for another homer.
Now almost a year later, Braun and the Brewers will return to San Diego as Milwaukee, riding a seven-game winning streak, opens up a series with the Padres on Monday evening.
"That was a good night," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Braun's historic game. "It's hard to win games in San Diego. They have good pitching, and they scrap and get a few runs. It's tough to score runs in San Diego -- the ballpark, certainly, but also their pitching's good. And to go in there and score a lot of runs, it usually doesn't happen."
Taking the mound for the Brewers will be Kyle Lohse, who is still winless in 2013 despite pitching particularly well. In three starts for Milwaukee, the right-hander has allowed just six runs over 20 innings for a 2.70 ERA.
Opposing Lohse for the Padres will be Jason Marquis, a right-hander who has been equally impressive to start the year. The 34-year-old has surrendered five earned runs over 18 2/3 innings, good enough for a 2.41 ERA.
In his last start, Marquis beat the Dodgers by tossing 7 2/3 stellar innings, holding Los Angeles to one run on three hits.
"It was a battle. My fastball command wasn't where I wanted it, but my slider-split were pretty good," Marquis said after the game. "I tried to tell myself to just try and minimize the damage. We had a 4-0 lead, I just tried to not let it get out of hand."
Brewers: Burgos' status up in the air
A day after Hiram Burgos became the first Brewers pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007 to win his Major League debut, the club was unsure what's next for the rookie.
The Brewers have three choices: Keep Burgos in the starting rotation and simply give everyone an extra day of rest when the team encounters off-days, shift Burgos to the bullpen until they require a fifth starter again on April 30 against the Pirates, or option Burgos back to Triple-A Nashville and summon a true reliever until that fifth starter's spot comes up.
"We're going to wait and see what happens with Wily [Peralta, who started Sunday], see if we like the fit of Burgos and Peralta back-to-back, or we'll split those up a little bit," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're trying to make it fit, but not over think it."
Burgos held the Cubs to five well-placed hits and only one run in five innings on Saturday. He would have pitched more, but the Brewers went to a pinch-hitter with a chance to go ahead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Peralta allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a winning effort on Sunday.
Padres: Alonso gets a breather
Yonder Alonso was out of the lineup for the second time in 2013 on Sunday, but ended up appearing in the game later as a pinch-hitter. He has participated in all 18 Padres games.
"I don't want a day off. There's no need at all to take a day off," Alonso said. "I hate days off."
Prior to batting 0-for-12 in his last four games, Alonso was hitting .419 in his eight previous games with at least one hit in all eight.
"I think you have to put it in perspective," Alonso said Sunday. "We have faced a stretch of three or four guys who have thrown the ball well. You're going to go through a tough stretch of pitchers sometimes."
In 2012, Alonso appeared in 155 games in his first full Major League season.
• The Brewers hit just five homers over their first 10 games of the season. Since then, the team has homered in seven straight games, producing 13 long balls.
• San Diego has hit eight home runs in its last nine games.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.