MILWAUKEE — For the first time since April 23 when they were 6-6, the Brewers have lost as many games as they’ve won. There is now no way around it.
The Brewers are incredibly average.
And really, that may be putting it nicely. As has been the case lately with this team, everything possible went wrong.
The A’s came into Milwaukee with a six-game losing streak. The Brewers were all they needed to cure their ills.
In the fourth, Brouhard made a throw to second instead of third, allowing speedster Rickey Henderson to score from first on a single.
In the sixth, Paul Molitor dropped a perfect throw from catcher Charlie Moore that should have nailed Phillips at third on the front end of a double steal. As a result of Molitor’s drop, Phillips was safe and later scored.
In the eighth, Charlie Moore ran through third base coach Harry Warner’s stop sign when Henderson bobbled the ball in center. Henderson recovered and threw out Moore at home.
You get the point. It was a sad, sad display. And the fans responded accordingly with boos. Boos upon boos upon boos.
It was the Brewers’ 10th loss in 14 games. They have tumbled to fourth place, a half game ahead of the fifth place Orioles and remained seven games back of the first place Red Sox.
This should have been a bounce-back series for the Brewers. The A’s, it appeared, were in worse shape than the Brewers. Instead, Oakland snapped a six-game losing streak, ended a streak of 17 games committing at least one error and tied a team record with six doubles.
On the bright side, world frisbee champion dog Ashley Whippet will put on a show before tomorrow’s game.
Game Notes: Brewers starter Moose Haas was removed after three innings due to tendinitis in his right elbow … Pitching coach Cal McLish, bothered by dizziness and blurred vision, left before the game and will not make the next trip … The Brewers will make up their opening season two-game series with the Indians in a September 2 double header.