Talking about their fall from the top of the NL Central to their current predicament won’t do the Milwaukee Brewers any good. No matter the negativity surrounding the club after their collapse, the Brewers still have a chance to come out of this crucial three-game series in Pittsburgh one game closer to the Pirates in the playoff race by taking Sunday’s finale. Milwaukee (80-75) held the top spot in the Central from April 4-Aug. 31, but its 9-20 mark since Aug. 20 has left it 3 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh (83-71) for the league’s second wild card. The Brewers lost their third straight with Friday’s 4-2 defeat in the series opener, but Logan Schafer’s sacrifice fly in the ninth Saturday gave them a 1-0 victory and more hope that they can catch the Pirates with just seven to play.
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