San Diego at Milwaukee

San Diego
W: T. Layne (2-0) L: J. Henderson (1-3)
S: L. Gregerson (9)
HR: SD - C. Denorfia (8),C. Maybin (8)   MIL - None

Padres 7, Brewers 6 wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Chase Headley knew he couldn't afford to lose focus in his chase of the NL RBI title -- especially with Ryan Braun chasing him.

Headley drove in two runs, finishing the season with a league-leading 115 RBI, and the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday night.

"It was on my mind, but you couldn't think about it too much," Headley said. "To go out and compete against a guy like Ryan Braun, I was a little nervous, but everything turned out great.

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"It's just neat. It's a tremendous honor."

Headley doubled home a run in the fifth inning, moments after his drive down the right-field line was called a home run but reversed when the umpires looked at a video replay.

Headley hit an RBI triple in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Yonder Alonso.

Headley also drew two walks and finished with a .286 batting average. His previous high in RBI was 64 in 2009.

"For Chase to hang on to the RBI lead was a great thing," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "It was awesome. That RBI thing was real. Our guys felt it. And looking over at their side, I think they felt it, too. They were sensing what was going on."

San Diego improved by five wins this year and wound up with a 76-86 record. The Padres won only five of their last 15 games.

Travis Ishikawa drove in four runs for Milwaukee, including three with a double in the third that made it 6-0. The Brewers went 83-79, a drop of 13 victories after reaching the NL Championship Series last year.

Since Aug. 20, Milwaukee's 29-13 record was tops in the majors. The Brewers got within 1½ games of St. Louis in the chase for the second wild-card berth, but that was dashed with a 3-6 stretch in late September.

"It's always disappointing when you don't make it to the playoffs when you figure you have a team that is championship caliber," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "The whole season? A disappointment.

"But when I look back at where we were and where we ended up, I'm really happy with where we went."

Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer for San Diego, and five relievers held Milwaukee hitless in the final six innings.

Tommy Layne (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory and Luke Gregerson earned his ninth save. Jim Henderson (1-3) gave up two runs in the seventh.

"It was a good win and our bullpen was tremendous," Black said.

Brewers star Ryan Braun went 1 for 4. He led the NL with 41 home runs and 108 runs, and also ranked in first extra-base hits, slugging percentage and total bases. Braun was second in RBI with 112 and third in batting at .319.

Braun won the NL MVP last year when he hit .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI and 109 runs. He faced a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated testosterone, but the players' union appealed and the test result was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.

"I think ultimately we'll look back on the season as a positive," Braun said. "At the beginning of the year, if you would have told us we'd miss out on the postseason, I think we'd all be disappointed. But at the same time, you have to reassess your goals when you consider everything we've dealt with as a team.

"Injuries, trades, new guys coming up, 12 games under .500. To finish over .500 is definitely an accomplishment. Getting back into the race, playing meaningful games in September up until the last three games is something we're really proud of. Hopefully we can build on this heading into next year."


San Diego SS Everth Cabrera finished with 44 stolen bases to become the first Padres player to lead the league in that category. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez, who joined Milwaukee in the offseason, was taken out before the start of the third inning. He went out for warmups and received a nice hand when he was replaced by Jeff Bianchi. Ramirez set a team record for most RBI by a third baseman (103) when he drove in a run in the first. ... The Brewers are the first team to lead the NL in home runs and stolen bases since the 1996 Rockies.

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Players of the Game

T. Ishikawa
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS5110000 .246
Will Venable, RF4110111 .264
Chase Headley, 3B3122210 .286
Yasmani Grandal, C3000114 .297
Yonder Alonso, 1B3011001 .273
Chris Denorfia, LF4221001 .293
Cameron Maybin, CF4112011 .243
Andy Parrino, 2B4000011 .207
Andrew Werner, P1000000 .083
    Cory Burns, P0000000 .000
   a- Alexi Amarista, PH1110000 .240
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .143
   b- John Baker, PH1000010 .238
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
    Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .259
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Burns in the 5th
b-struck out for Cashner in the 6th
c-flied out for Vincent in the 8th
2B - Will Venable (26, Stinson), Chase Headley (31, Loe), Yonder Alonso (39, Stinson), Alexi Amarista (15, Loe)
3B - Chase Headley (2, Henderson)
HR - Chris Denorfia (8, Stinson), Cameron Maybin (8, Kintzler)
SF - Yonder Alonso (4)
RBI - Chase Headley 2 (115), Yonder Alonso (62), Chris Denorfia (36), Cameron Maybin 2 (45)
SB - Everth Cabrera (44, 2nd base off Loe/Lucroy), Chase Headley (17, 2nd base off Stinson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 5
E - Yonder Alonso (12, Misplayed grounder), Andrew Werner (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Andrew Werner 2.2765120 5.58
Cory Burns 1.1000100 5.50
Andrew Cashner 1000000 4.27
Tommy Layne (W,2-0) 1.1000010 3.24
Nick Vincent (H,5) 0.2000010 1.71
Dale Thayer (H,22) 1000000 3.43
Luke Gregerson (S,9) 1000020 2.39
IBB - Gomez by Andrew Werner
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Werner 60-37, Cory Burns 19-11, Andrew Cashner 12-8, Tommy Layne 18-11, Nick Vincent 12-10, Dale Thayer 16-12, Luke Gregerson 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Werner 2-4, Cory Burns 4-0, Tommy Layne 1-2, Dale Thayer 1-2, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Werner 16, Cory Burns 5, Andrew Cashner 3, Tommy Layne 4, Nick Vincent 2, Dale Thayer 3, Luke Gregerson 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki, RF5110011 .288
Rickie Weeks, 2B3110111 .230
Ryan Braun, LF4110012 .319
Aramis Ramirez, 3B1011000 .300
    Jeff Bianchi, 3B3000001 .188
Jonathan Lucroy, C4111001 .320
Carlos Gomez, CF3210100 .260
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3014000 .257
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   a- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000010 .239
Jean Segura, SS4000001 .258
Josh Stinson, P1000010 .000
   b- Taylor Green, PH1000000 .184
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   c- Martin Maldonado, PH-1B2000011 .266
a-struck out for Axford in the 9th
b-grounded out for Stinson in the 4th
c-struck out for Kintzler in the 6th
2B - Jonathan Lucroy (17, Werner), Travis Ishikawa (12, Werner)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (105), Jonathan Lucroy (58), Travis Ishikawa 4 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (42), Jonathan Lucroy (30), Travis Ishikawa 3 (12)
SB - Rickie Weeks (16, 2nd base off Werner/Grandal), Aramis Ramirez (9, 2nd base off Werner/Grandal), Carlos Gomez (37, 3rd base off Werner/Grandal)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Weeks-Segura-Ishikawa
E - Jean Segura (10, Missed catch of throw(Headley home run reviewed and overturned)
Milwaukee Brewers
Josh Stinson 4311201 0.96
Kameron Loe 1322100 4.61
Brandon Kintzler (H,2) 1222021 3.78
Jim Henderson (BS,4; L,1-3) 1122110 3.52
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 4.38
John Axford 1000020 4.67
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Stinson 60-30, Kameron Loe 27-17, Brandon Kintzler 20-14, Jim Henderson 15-9, Francisco Rodriguez 12-9, John Axford 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Stinson 8-4, Kameron Loe 2-0, Brandon Kintzler 1-0, John Axford 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Stinson 17, Kameron Loe 6, Brandon Kintzler 5, Jim Henderson 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3, John Axford 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34451
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Jim Reynolds