> Despite being eliminated yesterday, the Brewers still had something to play for: a winning season. They were assured that today, defeating the Padres 5-3 for their 82nd win of the year.
Although Shaun Marcum gave up a home run to the opposing pitcher, Clayton Richard, the Brewers backed him with home run balls of their own from Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks.
> Ron Roenicke said that tomorrow’s starter, Tyler Thornburg, will only go about three or four innings at the most because of how little he’s pitched lately. Thornburg was a September call-up, but the Brewers’ postseason run messed up their plans for him, and he wound up making just two appearances this month.
Thornburg is making what would have been Wily Peralta’s final start of the season, but he was shut down with one start to go due to lingering pain in his left biceps.
> The Brewers now have four winning seasons out of their last six seasons overall. That follows a string of 15 straight seasons without a winning season.
> If Gomez hits one more home run this season, he and Mike Trout will be the only players this season with 20+ home runs and 35+ stolen bases.
> The Brewers need 18 more strikeouts if they want to break the MLB record 1404, set by the 2003 Cubs.
> Keep in mind the Brewers were 12 games under .500 as late as August 19th.
> Weeks’ home run was the Brewers’ 200th of the season.
> Chase Headley has 31 home runs this season, and 23 of them have come since the All-Star break.
> This was the second day in a row the Brewers allowed a home run to the opposing starter (Jordan Lyles yesterday, Richard today).
> Tomorrow’s match-up:
Anthony Bass (2-7, 4.50 ERA) vs. Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 5.00 ERA)