MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers ended their season Wednesday night with a 7-6 home loss to San Diego. Milwaukee blew a 6-0 lead after three innings, as the Padres scored in each of the next four frames. Travis Ishikawa drove in four runs for the Brewers, who fell short of sweeping their final series of the year. Manager Ron Roenicke used six relievers instead of Yovani Gallardo, who was saved for the final game in case the Brewers were still in the playoff hunt by then. Roenicke said Gallardo was fine, but he had another big workload this year. And with nothing at stake for the Brewers in the finale, the skipper thought he should protect Gallardo’s arm for the future. Josh Stinson started and went four innings, giving up a run on three hits with a pair of walks. Jim Henderson took the loss, and finished up the season with a 1-3 record. Tommy Layne got the win in relief for San Diego. Chris Denorfia and Cameron Maybin homered for the Padres, which ended on a positive note by breaking a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee ended its season at 83-79, third in the National League Central division. And they went 29-13 since August 19th in a playoff run that fell just short. Braun said it was a disappointment not to make the post-season, but he said with all the new players, finishing above .500 was definitely an accomplishment.
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