MILWAUKEE — Today was a day to be a singles hitter at County Stadium. Unfortunately, a singles-hitting team the Brewers are not.
You see, the there was a stiff wind blowing in today. On several occasions, Brewers hit baseballs that would appear to be home runs on any other day. Paul Molitor hit such a drive in the sixth inning that was caught. Ben Oglivie hit another that should have been caught, but the wind so confused outfielder Larry Parrish that the ball bounced off of his chest for a bases clearing double.
“Wind was the thing,” manager Harvey Kuenn lamented later. “Balls were holding up — the ones you thought would drift.”
Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers hit singles off of Brewers starter Moose Haas. Lots of them. In the seventh inning, trailing the Brewers 3-2, the Rangers reached on six hits, all singles, to take a 6-3 lead. It’s all they would need.
The loss snapped the Brewers’ three game winning streak, but they won two of three in the series and Kuenn is satisfied.
“I’m happy to get two out of three anytime,” Kuenn said. “I’d take two out of three the rest of the year.”
And that’s pretty much what the Brewers have been doing under Kuenn. Since he took over for Buck Rodgers, Milwaukee is 42-22, winning 66% of their games. So that philosophy certainly holds true.
The homestand continues tomorrow with a five-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, beginning with a double header that starts at 6 PM CT.