MILWAUKEE — Mike Caldwell pitched another gem, allowing one run on four hits in a complete game victory over the third place Boston Red Sox.
If it seems like you’ve read this recap before it’s because it’s becoming a common occurrence. Sure, the opponent may change, but the results are the same.
It was Caldwell’s third consecutive complete game, his seventh in his last 10 starts and his 12th overall.
Wait, are we talking about the same Mike Caldwell who was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA through May and seemed to be on his way off the team? That Mike Caldwell? Yes, that Mike Caldwell.
“It’s simple,” Caldwell said, “you can sum it up in two words, Harvey Kuenn. When a man sends you out and believes in your ability, it’s easy to do the job you’re capable of.
“When Harvey came in, he told me I was one of his pitchers. He showed complete confidence in me. It’s an intangible. It helps you be a successful player.”
The stats back it up. Caldwell is 14-5 with a 3.38 ERA since June 2 when Harvey Kuenn took over as manager.
The offense was largely Ben Oglivie. Typically a pull hitter, Oglivie hit a solo home run to the opposite field in the second and an RBI double that same way in the eighth. The home run was his 32nd of the season.
The Brewers picked up a half game on Baltimore after their game with the Tigers was rained out. The Brewers have a day off tomorrow before hosting the Orioles for three games.