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Fitting finish for Brewers

Satellite image of Miller Park USGS By Betp at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Satellite image of Miller Park USGS By Betp at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The Milwaukee Brewers drew the curtain on the 2012 season by falling to the San Diego Padres 7-6 Wednesday night at Miller Park.   The Brewers received four runs batted in from Travis Ishikawa, three on a bases clearing double in a four run fourth inning while building a 6-0 lead.  The bullpen gave it all back as Chase Headley captured the National League RBI title by driving in a pair and scoring the eventual winning run.   It was the bullpen collapse in July that put the Brewers in dire straits, standing at 54-66 on August 20.  Milwaukee finished the year going 29-12, the best record in baseball down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to return to the playoffs.   The Brewers finished 13 games behind last year's Central Division winning record.  An infusion of promising youth launched the season ending run and the Brewers got another MVP type year from Ryan Braun who finished with a .319 batting average and he led the league with 41 home runs, 108 runs, in extra base hits and slugging percentage.  Yovani Gallardo led the team with 16 wins on the mound and John Axford finished with 35 saves, but in 49 opportunities.  The Brewers had another strong year at the gate as well, averaging more than 30,000 fans a game at Miller Park.