The Milwaukee Brewers came into the 2022 season expected to compete for an NL Central title and playoff berth. Though they held the top spot in the division for quite some time, the team ultimately collapsed and fell short of both goals.
They had plenty of chances to still make the playoffs down the stretch, however. As the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Philles, the Brewers were well within reach of a Wild Card spot in the final month of the season. It wasn’t until the third-to-last game of 2022 that the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Milwaukee might have made their fifth straight postseason if not for a number of bad losses down the stretch. Some of them, including these five, took place in even more heartbreaking fashion than the rest.
Here are the five most heartbreaking Brewers losses from the months of September and October.
1. Tuesday, September 6th @ Rockies
Milwaukee came into September needing to stack up wins in order to catch up in the Wild Card race. That didn’t happen as they dropped three of four in Arizona to open the month, so it was off to Colorado to try again.
The Brewers started things off right in the first game of the series, winning 6-4. The second game appeared to be going their way as well as they found themselves leading 6-1 through seven and a half innings behind a strong start from Brandon Woodruff.
Luis Perdomo would enter in relief, which wasn’t a bad idea considering he came in with a 1.46 ERA, albeit in 13.1 innings. Unfortunately, he would end up giving up four earned runs without recording an out.
Peter Strzelecki would relieve him in an attempt to hold the lead. He would come close as he recorded the first to outs before giving up a solo home run that tied the game and gave him his second career blown save.
The game would eventually go into extra innings where Milwaukee would give themselves a chance to still win as they took a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the tenth. But with Taylor Rogers on for the save, the Rockies would tie it on a first pitch double and then win it on a Randal Grichuk three-run homer shortly thereafter.
If that wasn’t foreshadowing for the rest of the season, I don’t know what was.