It’s finish. The Milwaukee Brewers were knocked out of the playoffs. Their magic number was down to one, and even with a furious rally and an extra inning comeback victory, the Brewers were knocked out after the Phillies beat the Astros in Houston.
With their backs to the wall, the Brewers finally fought for their lives in the playoffs. Unfortunately, this happened in the 9th inning of a game after their elimination count had already dropped to one and they had no room for error on their side or the Phillies side. It culminated in a fun and miraculous victory that would have brought some serious momentum had it counted beyond the next five minutes.
Hunter Renfroe fought hard, hitting a home run in the 9th inning to start the rally, then ending it in the 10th on a scoreless single.
Shortly after the Brewers win, the Phillies won in Houston as well, undoing all feats.
It was too little, too late for the Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff hopes after squandering numerous opportunities to gain ground in the playoff race.
The Phillies went on a five-game losing streak in September. They had been fighting for weeks. All the Brewers had to do was play above .500 baseball in the last week. They were 2-5 in their last seven games heading into Monday night against Arizona. Flip that to 4-3, and all of a sudden this team is tied for a playoff spot and still alive. Go 5-2, and all of a sudden they’re in playoff position.
It was such a simple plan, but the Brewers didn’t show the energy or the fight of a playoff push until the absolute last second when they were on their final three outs. If they had shown it a little earlier, they might still be alive.
While it’s nice to see this fight finally come out, it was too little, too late. At that point, all the Phillies had to do was win a single game. The margin of error was zero. It was less than zero because the Brewers could do everything right and win every game, but it’s all in the hands of the Phillies and the Astros.
The Brewers eliminated more than the Phillies eliminated them. Neither team seemed to really want to qualify for the playoffs. But after so much back and forth, the Phillies finally decided to take that Wild Card spot. He was there for the taking, and the Brewers just didn’t fight hard enough for it.
It’s going to be a long offseason for Milwaukee and the franchise needs to do some soul-searching to avoid the same situation next year. On the way to 2023.