The Brewers’ 2-0 win over Cincinnati on Thursday got them within one win from their first non-losing season since 1992, when they went 92-70 in the American League.
“I know for each man in here, they feel the same way I do. I don’t want to be called a loser again,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “It’s important to us and it’s important to our organization.”
The Brewers went 7-3 on their last homestand of the season, assuring the final weekend would be meaningful, at least in their eyes.
The Brewers are clear about one thing; they aren’t thinking about taking just one game at PNC Park “because .500 is even. It’s not necessarily a winning season,” Milwaukee pitcher Gary Glover said.
“Everybody wants a winning season.”
So, the Brewers will be shooting for at least two out of three in Pittsburgh, if not a sweep.
“Those guys out in that locker room, they’ve brought respectability back to this organization,” said Yost. “I don’t believe there’s an (opposing) team that enjoys coming to Milwaukee anymore for a series or looks forward to Milwaukee coming to their hometown.”
The Pirates are wrapping up their 13th straight losing season, the longest current drought in the majors.
Left-hander Oliver Perez is hoping to end his difficult season on a positive note.
Perez pitched six strong innings in Saturday’s 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, earning his first win in more than three months.
Making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list, Perez gave up one run and five hits to win for the first time since June 21. Perez went on the DL after breaking his left big toe while kicking a laundry cart following an ineffective outing in St. Louis on June 26.
In his first three starts after being activated, the 24-year-old left-hander lasted a total of 8 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs, 10 hits and nine walks.
Interim manager Pete Mackanin said he was impressed with Perez’s performance against the Dodgers.
“That’s the best we’ve seen him in a long time,” Mackanin said. “You could tell by his swagger he felt pretty good about himself. That told us a lot.”