Lost weekend forces Padres into tiebreaker
MILWAUKEE -- As the ninth inning wound down more than 1,000 miles away in Denver, a near-silent visitors' clubhouse full of players at Miller Park watched with absolute helplessness, their fate hanging on the Arizona Diamondbacks' last rally.The San Diego Padres had just been stunned 11-6 by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, blowing their chance to win the National League wild card. Now, they had put themselves in the position of awkwardly rooting for division champion Arizona to come back against the Colorado Rockies, who, with a win, would force a one-game playoff against the Padres on Monday in Colorado for the right to play in the postseason. Down 4-1 entering the last inning, the Diamondbacks staged a rally. And as each hit dropped, the noise slowly started growing in the Padres' clubhouse. A group of mostly young players sat on couches watching TVs with no sound, while a mix of veterans was in the lunchroom, glued to the scene at Coors.
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I know the spirits and mood right now in the clubhouse are a little downtrodden. This is why we play the game. This is as big as it gets.
--Padres pitcher Jake Peavy
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