Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury-Riddled Brewers Continue to Struggle

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury-Riddled Brewers Continue to Struggle

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With the current state of their roster, the injury-riddled Milwaukee Brewers have no room for error.

No room at all.

For the second game in a row, the Brewers committed two costly errors Thursday afternoon at Miller Park, and they never recovered, bowing meekly to the Chicago Cubs, 7-2.

By taking the last two games of the series, the Cubs won the "Battle to Escape the NL Central Cellar," leaving the Brewers alone at the bottom with a 32-45 record. And manager Ron Roenicke was none too pleased with the gift runs his defense presented the visitors in the two losses.

"That's two bad games on defense," Roenicke said. "They cost us. Our pitchers aren't able to make pitches when they play poorly behind them. We want them to be able to do that. We didn't do it today.

"In order for us to get back in this or even get close, we certainly can't play this type of ball. The starting pitching, I think, has definitely been better. The relief pitching has been great for a long time. We're getting more consistently offensively, then we make some miscues like this, and we don't bounce out of it."

Rookie starter Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.58 earned run average), who has had enough challenges to overcome, was the victim of both bad luck and shoddy fielding in surrendering seven runs (three earned) over five innings.

The Cubs blooped and chopped him to bits to score twice in the second, but he would have escaped unscathed had shortstop Jean Segura hung onto the ball when catcher Martin Maldonado had Ryan Sweeney thrown out on a steal of second base.

Rookie outfielder Caleb Gindl opened the floodgates for a four- run third inning by muffing a drive down the left-field line by Sweeney for his second error in two games. Roenicke noted that Gindl hasn't looked comfortable in left field, but Gindl said that wasn't the case.

"I played a lot of games in left at Nashville," Gindl said. "There's no excuse to miss either one of them. The one (Wednesday) night I lost in the lights, but the one today, there's no excuse. It got away from me and there's no excuse."

Even with that miscue, Peralta would have gotten out of the inning with just one run if first baseman Juan Francisco hadn't dropped a throw from third baseman Aramis Ramirez on Brian Bogusevic's grounder that should have been the third out. …

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