MILWAUKEE — You don’t want to overreact about a loss. And you don’t want to overreact about two losses…
But at what point do we think we may have overreacted about Harvey Kuenn‘s glorious start? At what point do we realize it’s ultimately the players who win or lose a game and the manager has little impact on the results?
For the second straight game, an Orioles starting pitcher went the distance against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Yesterday it was the over-the-hill Jim Palmer and today it was Scott McGregor, who retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.
For the second straight game, “Harvey’s Wallbangers” were held to only two runs. For the second straight game, Paul Molitor was trying to carry the offense. In those two games, Molitor collected six of the team’s 11 hits. He went 4-for-4 today.
And really, the Brewers didn’t even earn their runs today. No, they technically didn’t, as both runs were off of a Benny Ayala error in the first. The offense was nonexistent.
The one bright spot was Randy Lerch. He was terrific, doing much more than any Brewer fan could ever expect. Lerch went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He deserved the win.
Two games ago, Brewers fans were walking on air. A new atmosphere. A new team. A new direction.
Two games later, has anything changed? Back to seven games back, now tied for third with these Orioles. Offense still inconsistent, pitching not dependable.
Tomorrow’s game will help answer some questions. The real Milwaukee Brewers need to step forward.
Game Notes: Scott McGregor entered the game with a career record of 1-5 against the Brewers.