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Padres clinch first playoff berth in a full season since 2006

San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove says it's surreal to be a part of this revolution in the club as a hometown player who grew up in El Cajon.
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The San Diego Padres clinch their first playoff berth in a 162-game season since 2006. 

Clinching this playoff berth came alive during the seventh inning for the Padres game on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, due to the Miami Marlins win over the Milwaukee Brewers with a thrilling 4-3 score over 12 innings. 

San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove says it's surreal be a part of this revolution in the club as a hometown player who grew up in El Cajon, who also happened to throw a no-hitter for the first time in Padres history last season. 

"It's a been a long time since we've been in this spot," said right-hander Joe Musgrove. "It's pretty crazy how it all worked out -- I end up back here in a year where we've got a team like we have to make it this far. After the no-hitter, that moment was massive for me, for the city, for everybody, but that's not what I want to be remembered by. I want to be one of the guys that help bring a championship to the city, especially my own hometown."

Padres manager Bob Melvin has fulfilled his main objective in his first year at the helm of this roster by clinching a playoff berth, despite losing his best player due to a P.E.D. suspension. 

"Today when everybody showed up here, there was a lot of electricity, knowing this could be the day," Melvin said. "It would have been nice to take care of it on our own," he said. "There was some drama at the end. I'm glad Alfaro got a chance to get that last at-bat because of what he's meant for the team this year, all the walk-offs and so forth. Regardless of the outcome of this game, you have to realize what we've been through and how hard it's been and celebrate."