The Milwaukee Brewers made a valiant run over the last month and a half to compete for a playoff spot, but they ultimately fell short of returning to the postseason.
One day after having those hopes dashed, Milwaukee begins its final series of the season when it hosts the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
The Brewers have dropped six of their last nine games, including Sunday's 7-0 loss to Houston that officially eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite being 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19, Milwaukee (81-78) guaranteed at least a .500 season by going 27-12 since while becoming part of the postseason discussion with its surge.
"It was amazing, the run that we went on to get into contention," said reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun, who has a career-high and NL-best 41 homers. "I think that we're all proud of that. Ultimately, we're disappointed we didn't end up back in the postseason, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of effort."
The defending Central champion Brewers were shut ...