Suter, Braun help Brewers beat Bucs to gain in playoff race

Suter, Braun help Brewers beat Bucs to gain in playoff race

It was that result that really injected some hope into their late-season aspirations.

Anderson's only real trouble came in the sixth inning and he pitched his way out of it. Adam Frazier opened with a single and moved to second on Anderson's bad pickoff attempt.

The Pirates, now 68-84 and only 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Reds, have lost 12 of 13 games, have not finished an inning with the lead in a week and the offense's difficulties have spoiled an impressive month by the pitching staff. Corey Knebel came in to close the door on the Pirates with his 37th save of the year.

Triple-A Indianapolis 1B Edwin Espinal and High-A Bradenton 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes are among the nine 2017 Rawlings minor league Gold Glove Award winners. "They're winning games for us".

Brault and Glasnow will both pitch, with Brault getting the start and Glasnow coming in midway through. Every game is crucial, and in the best-case scenario, they'll still be fighting for a playoff spot when that need arises against the Cardinals on the penultimate day of the season. Second baseman Neil Walker and left fielder Ryan Braun also have playoff experience. Monday night's win was their eighth in their past 10 games, a stretch over which they have outscored their opponents 60-26. The Brewers, however, would not see any money from those transactions. In matters related, SportsLine presently gives Milwaukee a 16.6 percent chance of making the postseason.

NOTES: Pirates C Francisco Cervelli, on the disabled list due to right quadriceps irritation, will be shut down for the season, manager Clint Hurdle said. Taking at least three of four is all but a mandate for the Brewers at this point.

Across the diamond, the Pirates are trying something different, too. "Matt Davidson: 25 homers, .223/.267/.462. Albert Pujols, arguably the worst everyday player in baseball in this year, has hit 22 homers".

Sean Monahan put the home team in front on the first shot of the game, but Edmonton reeled off the next four goals. "Our guys have been great about that all season".

"I swear, I looked up, and they won again tonight, and I was like, 'Man!' " Phillips said. Colorado is currently the second wild card and they may still be caught by either Milwaukee, Chicago, or maybe even St. Louis. Local fans' decisions to avoid the ballpark and/or resell their tickets for Cubs games create a snowball effect, causing more fans to do the same. Players this good just don't make it to free agency anymore, and they definitely don't make it to free agency at age 23.

"We're battling at-bats. There's no one happy in there".