The Brewers are trying to make their second half interesting. The starting pitchers haven’t been much help.
On Wednesday it was left-hander Randy Wolf’s turn to get knocked around, to the tune of 12 earned runs on 13 hits — career highs on both counts — in the Brewers-Pirates game at PNC Park.
It marked the third time in four games that a Brewers starter was touched for 10 runs.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there’s been nothing like it since 1937, when St. Louis Browns starters Oral Hildebrand, Chief Hogsett and Jim Walkup surrendered at least 10 runs apiece in three straight games. Hildebrand and Hogsett were torched in a July 5 doubleheader, and Walkup didn’t have any better luck four days later.
The Browns, by the way, were the American League’s Milwaukee Brewers in 1901 before moving to St. Louis.
This season, Major League pitchers have allowed 10 or more runs 13 times, and four of them are Brewers, all in the past two weeks: Chris Narveson (10 runs, nine earned) against the Giants on July 7, Manny Parra (10 runs, all earned) against the Braves on Sunday, Bush (10 runs, five earned) against the Pirates on Tuesday. Now you can add Wolf to that list.