Sunday's game was the final and rubber game of the Pirates' "beer league" season. They entered it with a cumulative record of 10-10 in Miller Park, Busch Stadium and Coors Field.
Milwaukee tops the NL in blown saves, as well as last at-bat losses and has a bullpen ERA of 4.76, but the Bucs haven't seen any signs of that. Brewers relievers have allowed seven earned runs in 20 1/3 innings against the Pirates in eight second-half games.
The Pirates continue to lead the Majors with 25 one-run victories -- yet Saturday night's 3-2 loss was their sixth in the last seven one-run decisions. The Bucs have dropped four one-run games in a row since edging St. Louis, 2-1, on Aug. 17.