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Young loses perfect game in eighth, Padres stomp Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Chris Young came within four outs of perfection, a major accomplishment for a guy whose season has been anything but perfect.

Young retired the first 23 Brewers in order before Gabe Kapler homered, and the San Diego Padres beat Milwaukee 10-1 on Sunday.

Not bad for a guy who missed nine weeks after a scorching liner from Albert Pujols broke his nose.

"Personally, it's pretty gratifying," said Young, who missed from May 21 to July 29 after having surgery to repair his deviated septum. "It's been a long road for me.

"It's been a lot of time sitting and watching," he said. "It's been hard, especially with the way the season has gone for us as a team. I couldn't sit out and ... whine about it. I had to keep working and do my best to get out there."

He had little trouble as none of the free-swinging Brewers came close to getting a hit in the first seven innings. In the eighth, he got Prince Fielder and Corey Hart to pop out before throwing a first-pitch ball to Kapler.

Catcher Nick Hundley then called for a slider, but Young wanted to throw his self-described "bread and butter" fastball. He threw the fastball and Kapler hit it squarely into the left-field bleachers.

"I learned my lesson," Young said. "He called a slider and I wanted to challenge him with a heater. I didn't want to fall behind him any farther than that (in the count) so I came after him with the heater and he hit it out."

Pinch-hitter Mat Gamel doubled with one out in the ninth for Milwaukee's only other hit.

The Padres -- in last place in the NL West -- have not had a no-hitter in franchise history.

"It would have been a bright spot in an otherwise season that hasn't gone our way, and especially with a guy that's had a major setback in the middle of the season and an injury in late July through August," said San Diego manager Bud Black, who was the opposing pitcher when Toronto's Dave Stieb no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 2, 1990.

"It would have been a great moment for the club," Black said.

Chase Headley hit his ninth homer and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit his 21st for San Diego, which had 14 hits and broke the game open with five unearned runs off Manny Parra (10-7) in the third.

Young, at 6-foot-10 the second tallest player in the history of baseball, sat alone in the Padres dugout in the late innings before giving up the homer. If Young had succeeded, it would have been the 18th perfect game in MLB history, and first since Arizona's Randy Johnson accomplished the feat on May 18, 2004 with a 2-0 victory over the Braves.

The Brewers remained four games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central after the Cubs lost 4-3 to the Reds. Milwaukee began the day with a 4½-game lead over the Phillies in the wild card race and has have lost five of seven in its chase to make the postseason for the first time since 1982.

"Listen, we'd prefer to not have them celebrate something like a no-hitter or a perfect game, any team for that matter, on our field," Kapler said. "So, it's gratifying that didn't happen. That said, it wasn't a good game. We didn't play well. We didn't play good defense. We didn't swing the bats well and we didn't pitch. There's not much good to talk about today."

Young gave up two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in his first complete game in 114 starts. He also helped himself at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a double, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly.

Young returned from his nine-week stay on the DL on July 29, but lasted only three starts. He gave up seven runs in four innings on Aug. 10 at Colorado before going on the DL again with a strained right forearm.

The near-perfect game Sunday was his second start since returning from the DL. In his first start Sept. 1, he gave up four runs in five innings in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rookie shortstop Sean Kazmar, who came into the game 1-for-15, went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Padres, and Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and two RBI.

Notes

  • There's only been one no-hitter this year, thrown by Boston's Jon Lester, who beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-0, on May 19.
  • Brewers CF Mike Cameron missed his second consecutive game due to a sore left knee. He's day-to-day.
  • Brewers INF Mike Lamb made his first appearance since being signed Friday, flying out to center as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
  • It was Gamel's first major-league hit.
 
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Padres catcher Nick Hundley congratulates Chris Young after he finishes four outs shy of perfection.  (AP)
Padres catcher Nick Hundley congratulates Chris Young after he finishes four outs shy of perfection. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Young
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
Milwaukee

G. Kapler
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Matt Antonelli, 2B5100022 .056
Chip Ambres, RF3110211 .143
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4212101 .270
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5222011 .275
Chase Headley, LF5221012 .268
Nick Hundley, C4021010 .234
Will Venable, CF4121101 .323
Sean Kazmar, SS4031110 .211
Chris Young, P3111004 .083
Totals371014957  
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (27, Riske), Sean Kazmar (1, Riske), Chris Young (1, Parra)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (21, Riske), Chase Headley (9, Parra)
SF - Nick Hundley (4), Chris Young (1)
SH - Chris Young (4)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (73), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (97), Chase Headley (30), Nick Hundley (19), Will Venable (4), Sean Kazmar (2), Chris Young (1)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (1)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,5-5) 9211051 4.48
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 96-66
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-17
Batters Faced - Chris Young 29
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000010 .230
   a- Angel Salome, PH1000011 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS3000000 .287
   b- Alcides Escobar, PH1000011 .500
Ryan Braun, LF3000000 .301
Prince Fielder, 1B3000000 .262
Corey Hart, RF3000000 .284
Gabe Kapler, CF3111000 .301
Bill Hall, 3B3000010 .226
Jason Kendall, C2000000 .254
   c- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .189
Manny Parra, P1000010 .231
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .294
   d- Mike Lamb, PH1000000 .232
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
    Tim Dillard, P00000001.000
   e- Mat Gamel, PH1010000 .500
Totals2912105  
a-struck out for Weeks in the 9th
b-struck out for Hardy in the 9th
c-flied out for Kendall in the 9th
d-flied out for McClung in the 6th
e-doubled for Dillard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mat Gamel (1, C. Young)
HR - Gabe Kapler (8, C. Young)
RBI - Gabe Kapler (38)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Kapler (14)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Kendall-Parra-Hardy, Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Fielder-Dillard
E - Bill Hall (18, Misplayed grounder), J.J. Hardy (14, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (L,10-7) 5661351 4.03
Seth McClung 1100000 4.40
David Riske 1444111 5.31
Mark DiFelice 1100110 3.68
Tim Dillard 1200000 5.23
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 83-51, Seth McClung 12-8, David Riske 28-19, Mark DiFelice 22-12, Tim Dillard 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 6-5, Seth McClung 2-1, Mark DiFelice 1-0, Tim Dillard 1-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 25, Seth McClung 4, David Riske 8, Mark DiFelice 4, Tim Dillard 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44568
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth