Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he might as well have thrown in the towel in the second inning Wednesday of a 10-inning, 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Thanks to plate umpire Mark Ripperger, who "we've had before, and he is terrible behind home plate," Roenicke's efforts were apparently futile.

Roenicke was able to keep his cool until the ninth inning, however, when Padres catcher Rene Rivera tied the game 2-2 with a solo home run.

With at least seven teams standing within striking distance of five playoff spots in the National League -- where the Brewers and Roenicke lead the Central by 1½ games with a month to play -- each game counts.

But Roenicke was tossed for arguing about the first two pitches in Rivera's at-bat, which Ripperger had called balls.