Headley has been slumping, but the game-winning home run has the potential to get his season headed in the right direction.
Ian Kennedy gave the Friars six solid innings, and pitched his way out of a couple jams in the second and third innings to keep the Padres in the game.
In the fifth inning, Yonder Alonso led off with a double to left field, and moved to third base after an infield single by Chris Denorfia. Ian Kennedy put down a sacrifice bunt that Brewer starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo fumbled, allowing Alonso to score and Denorfia to get to second. However, the Padres let an opportunity slip by after Deno got picked off at second, Everth Cabrera struck out, and Will Venable grounded out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Brewer second baseman Scooter Gennett homered to right field off Kennedy for the Brew Crew’s only run of the game.
Beginning in the seventh, the Padres bullpen shutdown the Brewers. Nick Vincent allowed one hit and struck out the side in the seventh, Joaquin Benoit only gave up an infield single in the eighth, and Dale Thayer got out of the ninth despite a throwing error by Cabrera that allowed shortstop Jean Segura to reach base and steal second.
Rookie pitcher Donn Roach got his first win after blanking the Brewers in the tenth and eleventh innings.
The Padres had another tough night at the plate, but Headley went 2-4 and Denorfia went 3-5.