MILWAUKEE — Well, that didn’t take long. The honeymoon is officially over.
While winning four straight games under new manager Harvey Kuenn by a combined score of 33-8, the team renamed itself “Harvey’s Wallbangers.” Brewers VP of Marketing Dick Hackett has gone so far as apply for a trademark of the name.
Now? Same old team. Maybe worse.
After the first three games of a four-game series with the Orioles, Baltimore has yet to go to the bullpen. The Brewers have scored a grand total of seven runs (only three earned) on 17 hits. Today it was Mike Flanagan who held the Brewers to three runs (one earned) on six hits.
“Well, it definitely looks like somebody spiked the Wallbangers,” Kuenn said after the game.
For the first time this season, the Brewers are 8.5 games back in the AL East.
A different team?
The boos rained down from the County Stadium crowd. They had been fed the line repeatedly that all the team needed was a change in leadership. We all ate it up.
Now we’re suffering from a collective case of indigestion.
Game Notes: After the loss, the Brewers fell to 10-15 at home … Robin Yount sat out the game with a sore shoulder and is questionable for tomorrow’s series finale. Rob Picciolo started in his place at shortstop … Jim Ganter had a day off and Ed Romero played at second base … Brewers signed eighth round pick Jim Paciorek, brother of White Sox player Tom Paciorek. Jim Paciorek hit .443 with 17 homers this spring for Michigan.