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10/05/08 1:55 PM ET

Crew surprised by Cubs' early demise

Brewers praise talented NL Central winners after NLDS exit

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers chased the Cubs all summer. But by Sunday morning, the Cubs were out, having been swept away by the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. The Brewers were still playing.

"They were a very talented team," said Brewers right-hander Dave Bush, who notched the win against the Phillies on Saturday night that kept the Brewers alive in their own NLDS. "That's what makes the playoffs exciting, and that's why you have them. You never know what can happen."

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The Cubs won the NL Central with a 97-64 record, best in the league and 7 1/2 games better than the Brewers. Milwaukee got into the playoffs by winning the NL Wild Card.

The Brewers were 7-9 in head-to-head matchups with the Cubs, but won two of three games in the final series of the regular season to clinch their postseason spot.

Brewers manager Dale Sveum was surprised to see the Cubs eliminated with three straight losses to the Dodgers.

"I think everybody is," Sveum said. "That's a really, really good ballclub to go three and out. I think we go through that a little bit, too, where sometimes you're a little right-handed dominant, and right-handed pitching can shut you down. [The Cubs] obviously didn't play as well as they are capable of playing, and some errors cost them bad."

Said Bush: "It just shows you that if you run into a little slump, you can get bounced out real easy. Three games, just like that. That doesn't take anything away from the good team that they had."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.