Brewer Playoff Hopes Take A Serious Hit With Ugly 12-2 Loss To Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Zimmerman #11 celebrates with Jayson Werth #28, Bryce Harper #34, and Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals after hitting a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on September 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

W: Jordan Zimmermann (12-8)
L: Marco Estrada (4-7)

HR: Corey Hart (28), Ryan Zimmerman (24)

MVP: Corey Hart (+.098 WPA)
LVP: Marco Estrada (-.387)

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You know you're in a tough spot when splitting a four game series on the road against arguably the National League's best team isn't good enough, but that's where the Brewers are.

Today's early start was also over early when the Brewers surrendered eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The turning point of the game was a Jayson Werth fly ball to center that Carlos Gomez lost in the sun. It would have been the third out of the inning but five runs scored afterward to turn a 2-1 disadvantage to 7-1.

Werth's fly ball was ruled a double, so six of those seven runs against Marco Estrada were earned. He pitched just four innings today and allowed those runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out three. Despite Werth getting credited with a hit, the Brewers still committed three errors today.

The bright side of today's game was Corey Hart, who homered for the first time since September 5th. He now has 28 on the season. Jean Segura also had multiple hits, including his third triple. Aramis Ramirez doubled in the eighth and now is the second Brewer ever to have 50 in a season.

The Brewers are now three games back of the final Wild Card spot, pending St. Louis' game tonight. They move on to Cincinnati tonight and open a series with the Reds tomorrow. Mike Fiers will take on Johnny Cueto at 6:10.

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