MILWAUKEE Four straight losses had followed the Brewers back to Milwaukee on Tuesday, four straight early-season slip-ups that marked a vaunted pitching staff with the worst ERA in the National League and a lineup struggling in key spots.
Last year's NL Central title winners had stumbled out of the gate to a 4-6 record.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had watched his team slide in the first month of last year's season as well. And although that season ended with a spot in the NLCS, he wasn't going to bet on it again.
"If we play like this," Roenicke said after being swept in Atlanta on Sunday, we're going to get beat everywhere. We can't continue to play like this."
And with the Dodgers the league's hottest team at 9-1 coming to town, the Brewers needed something to get their April back on track.
On Tuesday, it was a George Kottaras double and a sneaky Mat Gamel slide that started pushing Milwaukee back in the right direction. On Wednesday, it was Nyjer Morgan, ignoring the st...