San Diego at Milwaukee

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San Diego (88-71) «004100400991
Milwaukee (81-78)001010300565

Padres capitalize as bumbling Brewers boot another chance

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MILWAUKEE -- Even though both teams are in the playoff picture, only the San Diego Padres looked the part.

Milwaukee made five errors, its most in eight years, and Scott Hairston hit a tiebreaking, three-run double to lead the Padres to a 9-5 victory over the Brewers on Thursday night.

"They had some miscues, and Hairston came up with a big hit down the line," Padres manager Bud Black said. "All throughout baseball this time of year, you have to make sure if you do get those breaks, you have to make them hold up and score some runs."

While San Diego (88-71) maintained its one-game lead in the NL wild-card race and stayed one game behind first-place Arizona in the NL West, the Brewers (81-78) failed for the second straight day to take advantage of a loss by Chicago.

The Cubs, who fell 6-4 to Florida, remained two games in front of the Brewers in the NL Central and saw their magic number to clinch the division fall to three.

"We sit and watch the Cubs lose two nights in a row; not being able to take advantage hurts a lot," said Brewers bench coach Dale Sveum, who filled in while manager Ned Yost served a one-game suspension. "We're in a rough situation."

Third baseman Ryan Braun made three errors for the bumbling Brewers, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1982, and first baseman Prince Fielder and left fielder Geoff Jenkins made one each. Milwaukee, which allowed four unearned runs, hadn't made five errors in a game since Aug. 1, 1999, against Montreal.

"I was just inconsistent defensively at third base," Braun said. "I wasn't nervous. I wasn't pressing. It was just one of those things where I didn't get the job done."

San Diego arrived in Milwaukee for its season-ending, four-game series at 6 a.m. after winning Wednesday night in San Francisco. The Padres didn't seem sleepy, taking a 4-0 lead in the third.

Padres starter Jack Cassel was chased after 4 2/3 innings as Milwaukee closed to 5-2. Former Brewer Joe Thatcher (2-1) relieved with the bases loaded and retired Fielder on a grounder, then pitched a perfect sixth.

"It's bittersweet. I root for them any other time of year, but obviously not this weekend," said Thatcher, who was signed by the Brewers in 2005 while making $800 a month in the independent Frontier League. Thatcher was traded in the midseason deal that brought reliever Scott Linebrink to Milwaukee.

"I like his stuff," Black said. "When we acquired him in the trade, our scouts and people who saw him, statistically what he had done, warranted a chance to do it at this level, and you never really know how it's going to play out."

Brewers rookie Yovani Gallardo (9-5) gave up five runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five innings.

Rickie Weeks homered twice for the Brewers, who led the NL Central by 8½ games in late June.

Before the game, the Brewers said Chris Capuano will start Friday instead of ace Ben Sheets, who has a hamstring injury.

San Diego went ahead in the third, when Brady Clark singled, Cassel's bunt stayed fair down the first-base line for his first career hit, Brian Giles singled to load the bases and Hairston doubled into the left-field corner. Hairston took third when Jenkins misplayed the ball, then scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff's groundout.

Weeks homered in the bottom half, but Fielder booted Josh Bard's leadoff grounder in the fourth, and Bard scored on Cassel's double-play grounder with the bases loaded for a 5-1 lead.

J.J. Hardy's RBI single chased Cassel in the fifth. Cla Meredith hit Braun with a pitch, and Thatcher came on to retire Fielder after falling behind 3-1 in the count.

"I'm not going to sit here and say we had it the whole time, but as long as you're confident in the pitcher's ability to throw strikes, that's the key," Black said.

San Diego made it 9-2 in the seventh when Hairston's sharp grounder bounced off Braun's glove for an RBI single, Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly and Khalil Greene had a two-run single.

Weeks hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his 15th, off Doug Brocail, a drive that a leaping Clark couldn't hold at the center-field wall. Braun hit his 34th homer two batters later, but it wasn't nearly enough.

"We're running out of time," Braun said.

Notes

  • Black said he planned to pitch ace Jake Peavy on three days' rest Sunday only if the Padres needed a win to clinch a tie for a postseason spot. If San Diego was assured of no worse than a tie, Peavy would be held back for a possible tiebreaker game or the first round of the playoffs.
  • John Hirschbeck took over for Mike Winters on the umpire crew. Winters was suspended for the rest of the season on Wednesday for using a profanity aimed at San Diego's Milton Bradley last weekend. Bradley, who had surgery Thursday, tore a knee ligament when Black spun him to the ground to keep him from going after Winters.
 
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Though not great, Yovani Gallardo doesn't exactly stink up the joint. Milwaukee's defense is another story.  (AP)
Though not great, Yovani Gallardo doesn't exactly stink up the joint. Milwaukee's defense is another story. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
San Diego

S. Hairston
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5220021 .272
Scott Hairston, LF5223000 .251
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5101023 .277
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3001020 .274
Khalil Greene, SS4012010 .252
Josh Bard, C4100022 .283
Geoff Blum, 2B4020001 .251
Brady Clark, CF2210201 .261
Jack Cassel, P2110000 .125
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Robles, PH1000000 .217
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
   b- Terrmel Sledge, PH1000010 .202
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals36997210  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Thatcher in the 7th
b-struck out for Hampson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Hairston (18, Gallardo)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (6)
RBI - Scott Hairston 3 (34), Kevin Kouzmanoff (73), Adrian Gonzalez (92), Khalil Greene 2 (93)
2-OUT RBI - Khalil Greene 2 (33)
CS - Brady Clark (3, 2nd base by Linebrink/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (21, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Jack Cassel 4.2422121 3.97
Cla Meredith0000000 3.52
Joe Thatcher (H,2; W,2-1) 1.1000000 0.95
Doug Brocail 0.2231002 3.16
Justin Hampson 0.1000010 2.72
Heath Bell 2000010 2.12
HBP - D. Miller (by Jack Cassel), Braun (by Cla Meredith)
WP - Jack Cassel (1), Doug Brocail (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jack Cassel 78-48, Cla Meredith 2-0, Joe Thatcher 15-9, Doug Brocail 21-12, Justin Hampson 3-3, Heath Bell 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jack Cassel 6-6, Joe Thatcher 1-3, Doug Brocail 2-1, Heath Bell 1-4
Batters Faced - Jack Cassel 20, Cla Meredith 1, Joe Thatcher 4, Doug Brocail 5, Justin Hampson 1, Heath Bell 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5223002 .235
J.J. Hardy, SS4021000 .277
Ryan Braun, 3B3111001 .325
Prince Fielder, 1B4010013 .290
Corey Hart, RF4000001 .289
Geoff Jenkins, LF4000011 .257
Bill Hall, CF3000021 .256
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000000 .348
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Damian Miller, C2100000 .238
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .222
Yovani Gallardo, P1000000 .250
   c- Gabe Gross, PH0000100 .233
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2100000 .256
Totals3456514  
a-popped out for Linebrink in the 8th
b-fouled out for D. Miller in the 9th
c-walked for Gallardo in the 5th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (35, Cassel)
HR - Rickie Weeks 2 (15, Cassel, Brocail), Ryan Braun (34, Brocail)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 3 (34), J.J. Hardy (80), Ryan Braun (95)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (7), J.J. Hardy (26), Ryan Braun (37)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
E - Ryan Braun 3 (26, Throwing), Prince Fielder (14, Misplayed grounder), Geoff Jenkins (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo (L,9-5) 5553170 3.67
Seth McClung 1020110 4.22
Ray King0111000 4.93
Chris Spurling 1210000 4.56
Scott Linebrink 1100010 3.50
Francisco Cordero 1000010 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 92-57, Seth McClung 28-18, Ray King 3-1, Chris Spurling 13-8, Scott Linebrink 11-7, Francisco Cordero 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 6-3, Seth McClung 2-1, Chris Spurling 1-2, Scott Linebrink 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 22, Seth McClung 5, Ray King 1, Chris Spurling 5, Scott Linebrink 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34918
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Mark Wegner