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.
Corey Hart dressed at a famous locker at Angel Stadium this week, and probably didn’t even know it.
Brewers traveling secretary Dan Larrea pointed out this morning that the famous “Chuckie Hacks” incident happened right here, in front of a locker near the entrance to the visitor’s clubhouse in Anaheim that was occupied for the last few days by Hart. Larrea is one of the few people who actually saw it happen.
It was May 16, 1997, a 5-1 Brewers loss to Chuck Finley and the Angels. Carr led off the eighth inning with the Brewers down, 4-1, ignored a “take” sign and popped a 2-and-0 pitch weakly to third base. After the game, before reporters were let in, then-manager Phil Garner approached him in front of that locker and asked Carr what he was thinking. The response, as most Brewers fans know, was classic.
“Chuckie don’t play that game,” he said. “Chuckie hacks on 2-and-0.”
It was Carr’s last at-bat for the Brewers, who released him with a .130 batting average. He finished the season, his final one in the Majors, with the Astros.