Bad weekend in Boston puts Brew Crew in cellar
The Milwaukee Brewers are in last place in the National League Central after losing a slug-fest at Boston yesterday 11-7.
The Brewers led 4-3 before the Red Sox scored three runs in the fourth to go in front for good.
David Ortiz homered twice and doubled as Boston swept the Brewers in their first three Inter-league games of the year.
The Red Sox churned out 15 hits, including three each from Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis. Pedroia and Youkilis also homered for Boston, and Josh Beckett got the win despite giving up four Milwaukee home runs.
Ryan Braun homered twice, and Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy also went yard. Mike Cameron doubled twice as the Brewers pounded out nine hits.
But they still lost their fifth straight, and the ninth consecutive road game.
Afterward, Braun called out his teammates, saying he felt they didn't expect to win against the defending World Series champions.
Carlos Villanueva took the loss to go 2-5 after giving up six runs in four innings.
The Brewers' Mark DeFelice made his first Major League appearance after 10 years in the minors and it wasn't pretty.
He gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Milwaukee is 20-24, seven games behind the front-running Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers are off today (Monday) and will open a series at next to last Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Melvin looks to Triple-'A'
Brewers' General Manager Doug Melvin will visit the Brewers' Triple-"A" team at Nashville to see if there's anybody who can help his struggling ball-club.
Veteran third baseman Russell Branyan is one name that keeps coming up.
He's batting .362 in 40 games at Nashville with 11 homers and 33 RBI's and he would add a left-handed bat to a Brewer line-up that's predominantly right-handed.
But Branyan is also a career. 229 hitter in the Majors with 755 strike-outs in 1,868 at-bats.
Melvin says there are reasons some players are in the Majors while others are at Triple-'A' and he's not sure if one minor leaguer can get the Brewers hitting more consistently.
Milwaukee has lost 12-of-17 games this month.
Meanwhile, Melvin denies Internet rumors that the Brewers are thinking about moving their spring training camp from Arizona to Florida.
Milwaukee has four years left on its lease in Phoenix, but they can opt out in 2010.
Melvin says he not talked to anyone in Florida and he says Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio likes the short flight from his Los Angeles home to Phoenix for exhibition games.