You would have liked that having Randy Wolf's brother Jim as a part of the umpiring crew would have helped Milwaukee out a bit, but I guess you can only do so much at third base. Actually, it was Randy himself that kept Milwaukee in this game... for a while at least. In the early stages of the game, Wolf was batting practice (again) giving up home runs to both Marlon Byrd and Geovany Sota. Wolf made up for it though in the fourth inning, when he doubled to the wall scoring Jim Edmonds and Corey Hart. After three innings, your score was Brewers 3, Cubs 3.
Then Derrek Lee hit a two run home run.
Then Marlon Byrd ripped a solo shot.
Then Geovany Soto hit another home run, this time a two run bomb.
Exit Randy Wolf. Wolf admitted after the game that he has been awful, and it's clear that this was not how we intended to spend $30 million. His line on Wednesday was 4 2/3 innings pitched, with nine hits and eight earned runs. Again, not a very good investment so far as Wolf falls to 4-6 on the season.
The bullpen actually pitched quite well after that. Chris Smith looked fine in his first Brewers appearance this season, and David Riske did not look like the David Riske that I remember, which is a major compliment. Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless frame, and then Zach Braddock pitched alright, although he did give up the game's final run.
But a nine run deficit is too steep for any offense, the Brewers included. Nobody really played well on offense either, as the four RBI in their 9-4 loss came from two guys. Two from Randy Wolf (horrible pitching outing), and two from Ryan Braun (one on a groundout, one on a sac fly, no hits on the night). I'll give the POTG for this night to Craig Counsell, if only because he scored two of the runs and was able to get on base a few times.
Again, another depressing loss, especially as the Brewers were starting to show some promise. I was listening to the pregame on the radio and Davey Nelson was talking about how he felt this team would turn it around after two big wins, but you could hear it in his voice that even he didn't believe what he was saying. Hopefully my presence at the park on Thursday can spark this team a little bit, as I'll be going to the game. Let me know if you go there too, we'll text each other a few times about meeting but never actually get together.