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Padres loss to Brewers clinches NL West for Diamondbacks

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MILWAUKEE -- -The San Diego Padres are still waiting to clinch a playoff spot -- and they can blame a familiar name.

Tony Gwynn Jr., son of the Hall of Famer whose statue stands outside the Padres' ballpark, hit a tying, two-out triple off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Diego 4-3 in the 11th on Saturday.

"It is quite ironic that it was Junior," Padres manager Bud Black said.

The Padres were a strike away from their third straight playoff trip when Gwynn struck. It was another odd twist in what has been a strange final week of the season for San Diego, which is assured of at least a tie for the NL wild-card spot.

The Padres can wrap it up with a win Sunday.

Hoffman has called Gwynn Jr. "Anthony" ever since he was a little kid running around the Padres' locker room. The first time Hoffman faced Gwynn Jr. -- also giving up a single -- he said it felt weird.

But Hoffman said it wasn't personal on Saturday.

"Based on the situation and what's at stake, all that stuff goes out the window," Hoffman said.

Gwynn's hit, coupled with Vinny Rottino's RBI single in the 11th, prevented the Padres from moving on. The Padres' loss clinched the NL West for Arizona and gave the Diamondbacks home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

So what will the senior Gwynn -- who now works as a broadcaster for the Padres but apparently wasn't around for the end of Saturday's game -- think about the whole situation?

"I'm interested to see what he has to say about it," Gwynn said.

Black said he'll stick with his plan of starting Brett Tomko on Sunday, preferring to save ace Jake Peavy for a potential one-game playoff on Monday.

"We don't want to waste Jake if we don't have to," Black said. "And if we need him for a playoff game, we have him right there -- full rested, not on three days' rest."

Peavy said he agreed with the decision, and hopes it won't matter anyway.

"I think the boys will bounce back, and we'll come in and play tomorrow and hopefully not have to go to Monday," Peavy said.

A week ago, the Padres were in the middle of a four-game losing streak, facing tough competition from several teams for the wild card and having to deal with injuries to two key players, Milton Bradley and Mike Cameron.

Bradley's injury came under the strangest of circumstances, as he tore a knee ligament when Black tackled him to prevent him from going after umpire Mike Winters during a confrontation last Sunday.

The Padres had rebounded to win four straight coming into Saturday's game, and appeared to be cruising to a win before Gwynn delivered.

Hoffman said the team has been dealing with tough situations all season, and expects them to pull through once again.

"That's going to be put to the test again," Hoffman said. "It's going to go down to the last game of the season. The positive is that it's still in our corner. We still control of our own destiny. Go out and win tomorrow, and take care of business there."

While the Brewers were disappointed about not making the playoffs, Brewers manager Ned Yost said finishing above .500 was an important goal.

"Even when you get to 81-81 it's still, 'Well, you haven't had a winning season,"' Yost said.

Gwynn figured it was only fitting that the Brewers came back on Saturday after the Padres eliminated them from the playoffs on Friday.

"They ended our chase," Gwynn said. "I guess this is our way to get them back."

Now Gwynn wants to see what his dad has to say.

"I'm assuming he was rooting for me," Gwynn said.

Notes

  • Prince Fielder's leg buckled when Jason Lane slid into first base in the top of the 11th. After spending a brief moment face-down on the ground, Fielder got up gingerly and walked back to the dugout. He took his turn at bat in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Tomko is 7-2 all-time against the Brewers with a 3.70 ERA.
  • The Brewers set the franchise record for attendance in a season on Saturday with a crowd of 40,946, pushing the season total to 2,826,729. The old record was 2,811,041. It was also the 30th sellout, another franchise record.
 
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Trevor Hoffman isn't celebrating -- he just gave up a tying triple in the 9th to Tony Gwynn Jr. (22).  (AP)
Trevor Hoffman isn't celebrating -- he just gave up a tying triple in the 9th to Tony Gwynn Jr. (22). (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5130001 .273
Scott Hairston, LF5000014 .242
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5010002 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5133010 .279
Khalil Greene, SS5010013 .254
Josh Bard, C5010001 .282
Geoff Blum, 2B4010010 .249
Brady Clark, CF4010111 .260
Chris Young, P2000013 .130
   a- Oscar Robles, PH1010000 .250
    Drew Macias, PR0100000 .000
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   b- Morgan Ensberg, PH1000010 .231
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   c- Terrmel Sledge, PH0000000 .202
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Lane, PH1000001 .175
Totals43312317  
a-singled for C. Young in the 7th
b-struck out for Bell in the 9th
c-announced for Meredith in the 11th
d-grounded out for Sledge in the 11th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles 3 (26, Bush, Bush, Bush)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (28, Bush)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 3 (95)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (35)
CS - Brian Giles (6, 3rd base by Bush/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Greene-Blum
San Diego Padres
Chris Young 6222471 3.12
Justin Hampson (H,4) 0.1000000 2.70
Doug Brocail (H,11) 0.2000000 3.13
Heath Bell (H,34) 1000110 2.08
Trevor Hoffman (BS,6) 1211020 2.53
Cla Meredith 1000020 3.40
Joe Thatcher (L,2-2) 0.1211100 1.37
IBB - Fielder by Joe Thatcher
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 103-63, Justin Hampson 3-1, Doug Brocail 7-5, Heath Bell 18-12, Trevor Hoffman 24-16, Cla Meredith 14-9, Joe Thatcher 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-9, Doug Brocail 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-0, Cla Meredith 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 23, Justin Hampson 1, Doug Brocail 2, Heath Bell 4, Trevor Hoffman 5, Cla Meredith 3, Joe Thatcher 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111010 .235
J.J. Hardy, SS3000110 .277
    Mel Stocker, PR0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000000 .338
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, 3B5110031 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B2100310 .288
Corey Hart, CF-RF4110112 .293
Gabe Gross, RF2000023 .233
   b- Kevin Mench, PH-LF1000000 .267
   c- Laynce Nix, PH-CF1000011 .000
   d- Vinny Rottino, PH1011000 .250
Geoff Jenkins, LF2011002 .257
   e- Bill Hall, PH-CF1000000 .254
   f- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-LF1011000 .260
Mike Rivera, C3000102 .231
Dave Bush, P2000011 .127
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
   g- Craig Counsell, PH-SS2000010 .220
Totals36464612  
a-grounded out for Cordero in the 10th
b-flied out for Gross in the 7th
c-struck out for Mench in the 9th
d-singled for Nix in the 11th
e-fouled out for Jenkins in the 7th
f-tripled for Hall in the 9th
g-flied out for McClung in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (25, Thatcher), Corey Hart (33, Hoffman)
3B - Geoff Jenkins (2, C. Young), Tony Gwynn Jr. (2, Hoffman)
HR - Rickie Weeks (16, C. Young)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (35), Vinny Rottino (3), Geoff Jenkins (64), Tony Gwynn Jr. (10)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (8), Geoff Jenkins (18), Tony Gwynn Jr. (6)
SB - Mel Stocker (4, 2nd base off Bell/Bard), Prince Fielder 2 (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Bard, 2nd base off C. Young/Bard)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 6.21033131 5.12
Brian Shouse0100000 3.02
Seth McClung 1.1000010 3.75
Ray King 1000010 4.81
Francisco Cordero 1000020 2.74
Chris Spurling 0.2100000 4.50
Mitch Stetter (W,1-0) 0.1000000 3.60
HBP - Blum (by Dave Bush)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 87-60, Brian Shouse 2-2, Seth McClung 16-10, Ray King 14-7, Francisco Cordero 11-8, Chris Spurling 9-6, Mitch Stetter 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 5-10, Seth McClung 2-1, Chris Spurling 2-0, Mitch Stetter 1-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 30, Brian Shouse 1, Seth McClung 4, Ray King 3, Francisco Cordero 3, Chris Spurling 3, Mitch Stetter 1
Game Information
Attendance - 40946
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - John Hirschbeck