For the Milwaukee Brewers the Pittsburgh Pirates series was huge this past weekend and yesterday they finished the job with a 4-1 victory over the Pirates who struggle at Miller Park. For the Pirates it was their 21st straight loss at Miller Park and it seems more mental than anything else. This year in Pittsburgh they played well against the Brewers and was surprised that the Brewers swept them over the weekend.
Jeff Suppan pitched well yesterday going 6.0 innings giving up eight hits, but allowing just one earned one. It was one of his better pitching performances in a long time. The bullpen came in and shut the door with Trevor Hoffman picking up his 29th save.
The Brewers on the offensive side of the ball got a good game from Casey McGehee who hit a home run and was 2 for 3. Craig Counsell also drove in two runs for the Brewers who could only manage five hits against Pirate pitching, but they made everyone count which is the key.
Now the Brewers still have an outside chance of the playoffs, but it’s really a faint shot. They do have 9 more games with the Cardinals and games with the Cubs, Rockies, and Giants. The Brewers though need to be more consistent if they want to get back into the playoff race.