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Padres extend wild card lead to two while eliminating Brew Crew

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- At the very least, the San Diego Padres will still be playing come Monday.

And while they came close for the first time in a long time, the Milwaukee Brewers will be bystanders for yet another October.

The Padres beat the Brewers 6-3 on Friday, assuring themselves of no worse than a tie for the NL wild card and eliminating Milwaukee from the postseason.

San Diego holds a two-game lead in the wild-card race over Colorado and New York with two games left. The Padres trail Arizona by one game in the NL West.

With so many teams left in contention, Greg Maddux (14-11) enjoyed pondering all the playoff scenarios.

"It's fun to talk about it, you know," said Maddux, who got his 347th win. "I mean, we could go to New York, Philly, Chicago or play at home. I guess we can't go to Arizona or Colorado. Or, we can have a one-game playoff anywhere, really, on Monday."

On the other side of the ballpark, the fun suddenly evaporated from Milwaukee's clubhouse.

"We didn't do what we needed to do," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Milwaukee entered two games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. But the Brewers' loss, coupled with the Cubs' 6-0 victory at Cincinnati, sealed their fate.

Despite the promise of a hot start in April and a big division lead in June, Milwaukee missed the playoffs once again.

Yost said his young team met its goal of playing meaningful games in late September for the first time in a long time. And that experience, Yost said, will be invaluable come next year.

"Our kids gave their very, very best effort to see that happen," Yost said. "They just fell a little short."

Prince Fielder, the most prominent of the Brewers' young core, struggled to turn his thoughts from a disappointing present to a promising future.

"Nah," Fielder said, briefly looking up and shaking his head. "Not right now."

Milwaukee held an 8½-game lead after beating Kansas City on June 23 but slumped in the second half. Several starting pitchers went into prolonged slumps, Ben Sheets got hurt again, and the bullpen wasn't good enough.

Yost said the team still had one goal to shoot for: By winning one of their last two games, the Brewers would secure their first winning record since 1992.

"The .500 thing is irrelevant," center fielder Bill Hall said. "I'd rather be in the playoffs with a sub-.500 record."

After the Padres broke a 3-3 tie on Khalil Greene's RBI double off Claudio Vargas (11-6) in the sixth, the Brewers had a chance to come back in the bottom half when they loaded the bases with one out off reliever Joe Thatcher.

But Black lifted Thatcher for right-hander Cla Meredith, who got pinch-hitter Craig Counsell to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

"Cla probably had the pitch of the night when he got the double play," Maddux said.

Greene added a two-run homer in the eighth, his 26th of the season.

"We've been a kind of middle-of-the-road team, but we've continued to play hard and try to win games that we keep close," Greene said. "We've been able to do that, I think, more often than not here lately."

The Brewers had another scoring chance in the eighth, after reliever Heath Bell walked Prince Fielder and hit Corey Hart with one out. Bell got Kevin Mench to fly out and struck out Joe Dillon.

With his team's playoff possibilities erased, Yost retained at least some semblance of a sense of humor.

"I was glad to make it through a game without getting thrown out," said Yost, who had been ejected from or suspended for four of the Brewers' previous five games. "It's been fun. It's been intense."

Notes

  • Chris Capuano gave up three runs and five hits in five innings. The Brewers have lost the last 22 games Capuano has appeared in, a stretch that includes 18 starts and four relief appearances. Capuano was banished to the bullpen in mid-August but recently returned to the rotation after No. 1 starter Ben Sheets injured his left hamstring.
  • The commissioner's office revoked the three-game suspension assessed to RHP Seth McClung Thursday. The reliever and Yost were ejected Wednesday night after Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals was hit during a 7-3 loss.
  • Maddux was picked off first base by Capuano in the third despite taking only a two-step lead off first base.
  • Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks hit RHP Yovani Gallardo in the back with a line drive during batting practice. Gallardo eventually walked off the field, accompanied a member of the training staff.
  • Sheets, who might be available for bullpen duty, warmed up in the sixth.
 
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The Padres are in a high-fiving mood after moving their wild-card lead to two with two games left.  (AP)
The Padres are in a high-fiving mood after moving their wild-card lead to two with two games left. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

G. Maddux
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 0
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5000001 .269
Scott Hairston, LF4000011 .247
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4110020 .277
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2320200 .276
Khalil Greene, SS3223101 .254
Josh Bard, C4011002 .283
Geoff Blum, 2B2001001 .249
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Myrow, PH1000010 .111
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Brady Clark, CF4011011 .260
Greg Maddux, P2010012 .145
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Marcus Giles, 2B2000020 .229
Totals3368638  
a-struck out for Meredith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (45, Vargas), Khalil Greene (44, Vargas)
HR - Khalil Greene (26, Linebrink)
SF - Geoff Blum (3)
RBI - Khalil Greene 3 (96), Josh Bard (51), Geoff Blum (31), Brady Clark (10)
2-OUT RBI - Brady Clark (6)
PK - Greg Maddux (1, Capuano)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Greene-Blum-Gonzalez, Giles-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (W,14-11) 5633031 4.14
Joe Thatcher (H,3) 0.1100100 0.93
Cla Meredith (H,10) 1.2000010 3.45
Heath Bell (H,33) 1000120 2.10
Trevor Hoffman (S,42) 1000030 2.41
HBP - Weeks (by Greg Maddux), Dillon (by Joe Thatcher), Hart (by Heath Bell)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 73-46, Joe Thatcher 14-8, Cla Meredith 12-9, Heath Bell 23-15, Trevor Hoffman 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 7-4, Cla Meredith 2-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 21, Joe Thatcher 4, Cla Meredith 4, Heath Bell 5, Trevor Hoffman 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110020 .235
J.J. Hardy, SS4120000 .279
Ryan Braun, 3B3001011 .323
Prince Fielder, 1B2000211 .289
Corey Hart, CF3132000 .294
Gabe Gross, RF2010001 .236
   a- Kevin Mench, PH-RF2000001 .268
Geoff Jenkins, LF2000001 .256
   b- Joe Dillon, PH-LF1000012 .343
Damian Miller, C2000021 .235
   c- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .221
    Mike Rivera, C1000010 .300
Chris Capuano, P1000000 .220
   d- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .254
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .132
   e- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
   f- Bill Hall, PH1000010 .255
Totals3137329  
a-flied out for Gross in the 6th
b-hit by pitch for Jenkins in the 6th
c-grounded into a double play for D. Miller in the 6th
d-lined out for Capuano in the 5th
e-grounded out for Vargas in the 7th
f-struck out for Aquino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross (12, Maddux)
HR - Corey Hart (23, Maddux)
SF - Ryan Braun (5)
RBI - Ryan Braun (96), Corey Hart 2 (78)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (34)
SB - Rickie Weeks (25, 2nd base off Maddux/Bard), J.J. Hardy (2, 2nd base off Maddux/Bard)
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 5533230 5.10
Claudio Vargas (L,11-6) 2211020 5.09
Scott Linebrink 1122121 3.71
Greg Aquino 1000010 4.50
WP - Chris Capuano (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 75-45, Claudio Vargas 32-24, Scott Linebrink 20-12, Greg Aquino 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 3-8, Claudio Vargas 2-2, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Greg Aquino 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 21, Claudio Vargas 8, Scott Linebrink 5, Greg Aquino 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38135
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Brian Runge