MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Xavier Paul #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tries to catch a home run hit by Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning at a Major League Baseball game at Miller Park Stadium on September 28, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
The Pirates lost in their final game of the 2011 season, finishing at 72-90.
The Milwaukee Brewers clinched home-field advantage in the MLB playoffs after beating the Pirates in the Bucs' last game of the season at Miller Park on Wednesday.
Pirates starter Jeff Locke allowed solo home runs to Jon Lucroy and Corey Hart in the third, then gave up a three-run bomb to Carlos Gomez in the fourth. That sealed the game for the Bucs, who never got back into the game after that.
The game was quite possibly the last in a Pirates uniform for Ryan Doumit (who pinch-hit and went 0-for-1) and Derrek Lee (who went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk).
The Pirates finish their season at 72-90, a disappointing record after a good first four months, but still a significant improvement over their abysmal 2010 campaign, and pretty much in line with what experts expected from the team at the beginning of the season.
The Brewers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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