|40-45 (4th place, NL Central)
48-37 (1st place, NL Central)
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"The first place Pirates" isn't a phrase anyone expected to be saying in July, but if they're going to hold on to win the NL Central they're going to need some big wins against the Brewers. These two teams play 12 more times in the next 2 1/2 months, starting with a three game set this weekend.
The Brewers went 12-3 against the Pirates in 2011, so we had plenty of games to choose from for this list of our favorite Milwaukee/Pittsburgh moments from last season.
1) Prince Fielder hits three home runs as Brewers win 6-4 on September 27.
Despite winning the NL Central by a wide margin, the Brewers had high-stress games down to the season's final day as they battled for the #2 seed in the NL. Prince Fielder took a bit of the pressure off on this day, as his final three regular season home runs as a Brewer powered the Crew to a 6-4 win.
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2) Nyjer Morgan's walkoff sac fly gives the Brewers a 2-1, ten inning win on August 14
Shaun Marcum and Charlie Morton dueled into the eighth inning on this day, with the Brewers finally getting to Morton for a single run in the eighth to tie the game at 1. It was still 1-1 in the tenth when George Kottaras singled, Casey McGehee doubled to drive him to third and Nyjer Morgan sent the fans home happy with this play.
3) Five pitchers combine for a shutout, Brewers beat Pirates 1-0 on August 13.
The Brewers don't win very often on days when they only get five innings out of their starting pitcher and their only scoring comes from a solo home run, but they did on this day as Yuniesky Betancourt supplied the offense and Marco Estrada and four relievers kept the Pirates off the board. Here's a full summary of the day's scoring:
4) Brewers win 7-3, clinch #2 seed in NL playoffs on September 28
The Brewers closed out the 2011 regular season with win #96, clinching the NL's second best record. Carlos Gomez had the big blow in this game, a fourth inning three run shot to give the Crew a 5-1 lead.
5) Shaun Marcum and three relievers shut out Pirates on April 13
The Brewers' first game against the Pirates in 2011 was also one of their best pitching performances as Shaun Marcum, Zach Braddock, Kameron Loe and Mitch Stetter kept them off the board and limited them to just four hits.