After seven straight quality starts for the Brewers starting rotation, Randy Wolf's outing on Wednesday felt like a step back for a group that seemed to be getting it back together.
The group had posted a 1.37 ERA in that time, holding opponents to an impressively low .160 batting average. But in Houston on Wednesday night, Wolf gave up six earned runs, walked three Astros batters, and struck out just one in four innings. He raised his ERA to 6.38 a number reflective of Wolf's struggles this season.
There were a few unlucky occurrences throughout Wolf's four-inning outinglike a Carlos Lee grounder that should've been a double play but accounted for two runsbut Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that the problem was a familiar one.
"Command," Roenicke answered. "First inning (was) really good, just everything came out live he hit his spots. Then, we go to the second inning and he starts to lose it a little bit and then just continued to battle with his command."
Wolf's first in...