The roller coaster ascends for one final fall.
Prince Fielder, after his team lost 6-3 Friday to get eliminated from the postseason: "I like to win. Once that out was made ... you're kind of not really playing for much anymore. It hurts to be so close. I always watched the postseason when I was a kid and that's really where I wanted to be."
Not really playing for much anymore?
Today: Up 3-2 in the 9th with a chance to clinch the Wild Card, Trevor Hoffman blew the lead when Tony Gwynn Jr. (the irony...) hit a two-out, game-tying triple. Then the Brewers won in the 11th, keeping the postseason race interesting despite not being in it.
There could be a two-way tie for the NL East and a three-way tie for the Wild Card, if the Padres lose and Rockies win. Or there could be a two-way tie for the NL West and a tie for the Wild Card and/or a tie for the NL East.