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Brewers Stumble Into MLB Playoffs

Milwaukee Lost To St. Louis Cardinals, But Still Secured Spot In Postseason

Christian Yelich at bat
Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits a single during an intrasquad baseball game, Monday, July 20, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP Photo

The Milwaukee Brewers earned a playoff spot Sunday, despite losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to a little help from the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Harrison Bader tripled and homered against the Brewers to help the Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Milwaukee. The Brewers will be the eighth seed after the Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4.

San Francisco finished 29-31 under first-year manager Gabe Kapler, beginning the day tied with Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot. The Brewers hold the tiebreaker, which meant the Giants needed to win and have Milwaukee lose at St. Louis. The Brewers did their part but the Giants couldn’t.

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The Philadelphia Phillies were also in contention for the final playoff spot, but lost Sunday to the Rays.

St. Louis will be the fifth seed in the NL and will open a three-game wild-card series at San Diego on Wednesday.

As the eighth seed, the Brewers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening round. The Dodgers finished the regular season with the best record in baseball.

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