Win: Vance Worley (8-4)
Loss: Wily Peralta (16-11)
Save: Tony Watson (1)
The Brewers went into a key six game stretch against the Cardinals and Pirates needing to come out with a winning record to maintain playoff hopes of any sort. Instead, Milwaukee lost four of the six game while the offense scored a total of eight runs.
That's 1.3 runs per game in the biggest stretch of the season. They were shut out twice. The pitching was really good -- the Cardinals and Pirates combined for just 12 runs overall. But that won't help overly much when the lineup can't hit worth a lick.
Today, the Brewers dropped their series finale against the Pirates 1-0. Wily Peralta was great, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. The only run came when Andrew McCutchen singled, moved to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a wild pitch, then came home on a Russell Martin single.
Normally, Peralta would walk out with a win or, at least, a no-decision. Not so today. The Brewers had six singles and no walks. The offense was really bad, again.
So the Brewers are now 4.5 games back of Pittsburgh for the second wild card spot with just six games remaining. It's not over but, well, it's pretty much over.
The Brewers have just two more series' left this year, against the Reds and Cubs. In one week, the Brewers season is done, no more baseball until next april. I guess we'll have to try to enjoy it while we can.