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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-23

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-23
After the Brewers' 11-4 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night, which included nine walks by their pitching staff, left fielder Ryan Braun had critical comments about the team's play en route to a 4-9 start.

Braun was asked about the Phillies' dominance of the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, including six wins in six games in 2008.

"I don't think it has as much to do with this place as their team," Braun said. "They play well here. They're a good team. They're very well-rounded. They have great starting pitching, a great bullpen. They swing the bats well, they play good defense.

"Right now, we're not doing any of those things well. You combine the fact that they're good at everything and we're good at nothing, it's not going to be a very pretty outcome."

As for the avalanche of walks issued by Brewers pitchers this season, Braun said, "It's frustrating. If you don't make them swing the bat, you don't keep your defense in the game. You don't give yourself a chance to get anybody out. It's not just the walks. We're falling behind every hitter.

"The pitching obviously has been pretty bad, but the offense has been pretty bad, the defense has been pretty bad. I don't think we've really done anything well the first 13 games of the season. We've got to find a way to turn it around."

Asked Wednesday about Braun's comments, manager Ken Macha said, "I encourage guys to speak their mind. I like it that he came out and said, 'We all (stink).'

"I don't want anybody to think that we're pleased with being five games under (.500) through 13 games. We've got things we need to iron out, and we're working on it. These things are being addressed."

BREWERS 3, PHILLIES 1: In just three starts since signing with the Brewers, RHP Braden Looper has become a stabilizing force in the rotation. Looper came through again Wednesday night against the Phillies, pitching six shutout innings a night after the Brewers were bludgeoned, 11-4. Looper (2-0, 2.12 ERA) didn't record a strikeout, but his only two walks were to Phillies cleanup hitter Ryan Howard. Considering Howard was 4-for-5 for his career, all home runs, against Looper, you see why he was careful with the big guy. J.J. Hardy snapped a scoreless tie with a homer in the fifth off RHP Joe Blanton, and CF Mike Cameron doubled home two runs in the sixth, which proved to be all the support Looper and three relievers needed.

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Added: April 23, 2009

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