Any intrigue for this set between Milwaukee (82-78) and San Diego (75-85) is probably due to the race between Headley and Braun for the RBI lead.
Headley leads the league with 113 and is trying to become the first Padre to finish first in that department since Dave Winfield drove in 118 in 1979. His 71 RBIs since the All-Star break are the most in the majors.
Braun is right behind him with 112 while leading the NL with 41 homers.
The reigning NL MVP received a visit from reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers before Monday's 5-3 victory, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback failed to see Headley or Braun drive in any runs.
"I don't think anyone thought we would have a winning season, considering where we were in August," Lucroy said. "We wanted to be in the playoffs, but we never gave up this year. I think we really showed the character of the team."
Will Venable had three hits for the Padres, who have lost five of six overall and eight of 11 at Milwaukee.
San Diego will get its first look at Milwaukee rookie Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 5.00 ERA). The 24-year-old right-hander made his major league debut June 19 and has posted a 6.30 ERA in two starts.
This is Thornburg's third stint with the Brewers, and he's allowed one run over four innings of relief in two appearances since being recalled Sept. 4 from Triple-A Nashville. He last started July 18.
The Padres have replaced scheduled starter Casey Kelly with Anthony Bass (2-7, 4.50). Kelly is a rookie who has a sore arm and will miss the Arizona Fall League now with the goal of getting ready for spring training.
Bass went 2-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 14 starts earlier this year before he suffered right shoulder inflammation. Manager Bud Black said he will allow Bass to throw between 40-60 pitches.
"He's not stretched out like some starting pitchers, but he's got a starter's mentality," Black told the Padres' official website.
The lone career start for Bass against the Brewers came June 10, as he yielded four runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-5 loss.
|San Diego Padres|
|September 20, 2012||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|September 11, 2012||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 23, 2012||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|August 17, 2012||Nick Hundley||Day-to-Day||Bruised right knee|
|August 16, 2012||Nick Hundley||60-Day DL||Bruised right knee|
|August 11, 2012||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|September 29, 2012||Wily Peralta||Day-to-Day||Sore right bicep|
|September 12, 2012||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Left game - right quad contusion|
|September 09, 2012||Corey Hart||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|September 09, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke played 10 rookies Tuesday night. One of them made quite a splash.
Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam to lead Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres .
"I thought we had a Nashville Sounds game," Maldonado said with a big smile, referring to the Brewers' Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League.
Maldonado connected against Anthony Bass (2-8) in the third inning for his first career slam and eighth home run of the year. The backup catcher, whose playing time decreased in August when starter Jonathan Lucroy returned from a broken bone in his hand, was in a 1-for-16 slump when he delivered.
Maldonado said it was difficult to hit for power when not playing much.
"It is, especially when you only get to play once a week," he said. "It's hard, but you have to keep doing your thing and working hard."
Jim Henderson (1-2) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league win. The right-hander pitched in 313 minor league games over 10 seasons before having his contract selected by the Brewers from Nashville on July 26 and making his big league debut that day.
Milwaukee starter Tyler Thornburg did not pitch the five innings needed to qualify for a win, and official scorer Tim O'Driscoll credited it to Henderson, who was pitching in his 35th career game.
Henderson did not realize he was credited with the win until talking to reporters after the game, and said he didn't save any memento.
"It was on the board there, and I thought it was false," he said.
John Axford worked the ninth for his 35th save in 44 chances, getting Logan Forsythe to ground out with a runner on third to end it.
"Got into trouble quick, but luckily got out of it," Axford said.
The Brewers started Thornburg and fellow rookies Norichika Aoki , Logan Schafer , Maldonado, Taylor Green , Jean Segura , Jeff Bianchi and Maldonado. Rookie Eric Farris pinch-hit and rookies Brandon Kintzler and Henderson pitched in relief.
"It's great when you can rest some guys that you need to rest," Roenicke said.
The Padres started Bass, who has been pitching in relief since returning from a shoulder injury in early September. He was limited to 60 pitches, and allowed only one hit and one walk in the first two innings, but ran into trouble as his pitch count climbed in the third.
With one out in a scoreless game, Aoki singled and stole second. Schafer struck out but Bass then issued consecutive walks to Ryan Braun and Travis Ishikawa .
Pitching coach Darren Balsley visited the mound, but Bass stayed in the game and Maldonado hit the right-hander's 56th pitch into the left-field bleachers to give Milwaukee a 4-0 lead.
"Physically, I felt fine," Bass said. "It's one of those things where you have to execute a pitch in those situations and I didn't."
Will Venable 's RBI single scored Chase Headley in the fourth to pull San Diego to 4-1.
The Padres scored twice off reliever Manny Parra in the sixth to make it 4-3. Headley singled, moved to second on Yonder Alonso 's walk and scored on pitch-hitter Jesus Guzman 's single. Venable was hit by a pitch to load the bases, chasing Parra.
Pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal 's infield single off Kameron Loe scored Guzman to make it 4-3. Loe struck out pinch-hitter Carlos Quentin to leave the bases loaded.
The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but reliever Brad Boxberger got Schafer to pop out and Braun to strike out to end the threat.
NOTES: The Brewers scratched RHP Yovani Gallardo for Wednesday's start, opting to rest their ace instead of having him pitch in a meaningless game. Josh Stinson will start instead. ... Headley was selected NL player of the month for September. He won the award in August, too. ... Roenicke said before the game that the entire coaching staff would return in 2013. ... Roenicke said most of the starting position players likely would play in the season finale Wednesday.