MILWAUKEE -- The defending National League Central champion Brewers have not been considered contenders since May, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has seen firsthand that they are still dangerous.
Milwaukee entered Sunday having won 10 of its last 12 games, including four of five games in that stretch against Hurdle's pennant-chasing Pirates.
"Toughest thing to do in sports is to repeat, I know that going in," Hurdle said Sunday morning. "They've had a lot of injuries, and some pitching challenges, which never bodes well for a club. They're a very dangerous club right now, very dangerous. Offensively, they can beat you a number of different ways. One of the best dynamics to have offensively is speed and power, and they have that. The speed shows up every day.
"They're playing with a lot of pride, playing together. And whether you like it or not, sometimes you get in situations where your best opportunity is to finish strong, and wreck other people's seasons."
The Brewers entered Sunday 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card race, having picked up five games and leapfrogging three teams during their 10-2 run. They remain a long shot -- according to CoolStandings.com, Milwaukee has just a 0.6 percent chance of winning a Wild Card spot.
"A lot of people counted us out a long time ago, and we keep finding ourselves in the win column," said Corey Hart, who hit a game-winning, walk-off home run Saturday night. "There's still a lot of faith in this clubhouse, and it's exciting to go out there every day and try to prove people wrong."