"Sign" of frustration in Crew clubhouse?

After a 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday, the Brewers’ second extra-inning letdown in as many nights, there was at least one sign of frustration in the clubhouse at Miller Park.

Coaches post the next day’s schedule on a board by the door, and this time it read, “Since we haven’t performed well in day games this season, let’s try something different tomorrow.” It called for an 11:30 a.m. “mandatory team stretch” and promised that, “Attendance will be taken!!!”

The Brewers are 15-25 in day games this season. Thursday’s series finale begins just after 1 p.m. CT.

The schedule had obviously been torn down and then taped back up. One by one, players did double-takes as they passed the posting before heading home for the night.

Braden Looper, who started Wednesday and took a tough-luck no-decision, insisted that players are all still pulling in the same direction.

“We played hard today and we played hard yesterday against a really good bullpen,” Looper said, referring to the first two games against the Reds. “I haven’t seen anybody quit, and that’s a positive thing about this team. We have a bunch of guys who are grinding it out.”

The Brewers dropped to 12 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the
National League Central with Wednesday’s loss.

“We haven’t looked at the
standings for a while,” said left fielder Ryan Braun, whose misplay in the 10th inning hurt the Brewers’ cause. “There’s no reason for us to focus on anything
like that. We just focus on ourselves. I think everybody here has
enough pride and integrity that we want to come out here and perform
every day to win as many games as possible. We recognize the situation
we’re in.”

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