DENVER Before Monday's matchup with the Rockies began, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was asked about how the struggles of Colorado's starting staff compared to the struggles of his own bullpen.
He quickly explained that, although losses in the eighth and the ninth innings have been particularly hard to stomach this season in Milwaukee that losses rooted in the first few innings of a game might even be worse.
"If you have a bad starting staff, you're never in games," Roenicke said. "That's hard. We talk about how hard these have been to lose in the eighth or ninth, they're really difficult when you're losing in the first three innings."
Two games later, Roenicke has a very good idea what it feels like to lose games in the first few innings.
In Tuesday's game, Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf had only recorded a single outwhich came on a sacrifice bunt before the Rockies had already put up four runs on the board. With one-third of an inning down, Wolf was already on the mound talking ...