MILWAUKEE With the Brewers offense struggling mightily and the team having lost three of their last four road games to the Mets and Astros, manager Ron Roenicke's frustrations mounted on the team's lineup card on Friday night.
Roenicke said he'd been thinking about making a change for a few days now, but on Friday, the Brewers manager made drastic changes to the team's lineup for the first time this season, prior to their 11-3 drubbing by the Twins. In all, Roenicke moved right fielder Corey Hart into the leadoff spot, center fielder Norichika Aoki into the second slot, Jonathan Lucroy into fifth, and dropped Rickie Weeks all the way from first to sixth in the order.
With the lineup performing how it has in the past few weeks, Roenicke was left with few other choices.
"You have to do that," third baseman Aramis Ramirez said of the changes. "We're not scoring runs the way we like to. Is that the reason we're losing? I don't think so. We haven't pitched the way we like to either. ...