Playoff hopes fading, Brewers turn to Fiers in Cincy

After losing two of three games in a crucial series against the Pirates, the Brewers will turn their attention to the Reds on Tuesday. Mike Fiers and Johnny Cueto will be squaring off in the opener at Great American Ball Park.

Pitching staff doing part to keep Brewers in hunt

Even with a subpar stretch of starting pitching -- during which the team lost 16 of 19 games in late August and early September -- the Brewers are on pace for their second-best staff ERA in more than two decades.

Gomez’s baserunning mistake proves costly in ninth

The mistake, Carlos Gomez said after a loss that severely hampered the Brewers' bid for the postseason, was not leaving second base. It was stopping on the way to third.

Gomez’s baserunning mistake proves costly in ninth

The mistake, Carlos Gomez said after a loss that severely hampered the Brewers' bid for the postseason, was not leaving second base. It was stopping on the way to third.

Brewers’ playoff hopes dealt blow in loss to Bucs

Wily Peralta allowed just one run over seven strong innings, but the Brewers couldn't find any offense in a 1-0 loss to the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.

Brewers 0, Pirates 1: Are you there offense? It’s me, a Brewers fan

The Brewers were shutout and now have one week of regular season play left before the season is over.

Win: Vance Worley (8-4)
Loss: Wily Peralta (16-11)
Save: Tony Watson (1)

HR: None

Boxscore

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.

Pitching staff leading the way for Brewers

Even with a subpar stretch of starting pitching -- during which the team lost 16 of 19 games in late August and early September -- the Brewers are on pace for their second-best staff ERA in more than two decades.

Lucroy: No signal made to plunk McCutchen

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy on Sunday morning dispelled the theory that he signaled for the second plunking of Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Bucs.

Peralta aims to bring Brewers closer to Pirates in Wild Card

With the Brewers 3 1/2 games behind the Bucs for the National League's No. 2 Wild Card berth, even a win to take this series on Sunday would still leave Milwaukee with quite a bit of work to do to rally into the postseason over their final six games. The Crew's Wily Peralta squares off against the Pirates' Vance Worley in the finale.

Garza ejected after hitting McCutchen twice

Tempers on the Pirates' bench boiled over Saturday night when Milwaukee pitcher Matt Garza was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting Andrew McCutchen with a pitch for the second time in the game. Garza first plunked McCutchen in the third. When Bucs starter Edinson Volquez brushed back Ryan Braun in the fourth, home-plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both benches.