If anyone watching tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers closed their eyes and somehow forgot that this is the year 2013 and the Pirates are going to the playoffs, this game would've seemed like it came straight out of 2012.

Or 2011. Or 2010. Or 2009. Or 2008. Or any one of the last few years when the Brewers rang up a winning percentage around .75o against the Bucs.

"I keep using the word strange because there were a lot of weird plays out there today," second baseman Neil Walker said. "Jeff [Locke] didn't get hit very hard and gave up a few runs and then they chased him out of there and we were able to fight back."

Jeff Locke lasted just four and two-thirds innings in the Pirates' loss Tuesday night.

The Brewers hopped out to a 5-0 lead after fiv...

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