Headley drives in 2 more runs, Padres beat Brewers
SAN DIEGO 7, MILWAUKEE 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- 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 RBIs, 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.
"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 RBIs high 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 wins 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 1 1/2 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
homers and 108 runs, and also ranked in first extra-base hits,
slugging percentage and total bases. Braun was second in RBIs
with 112 and third in batting at .319.
Braun won the NL MVP last year when he hit .332 with 33 homers,
111 RBIs 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
"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."
NOTES: 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
RBIs 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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