Ron Roenicke: ‘We’re not swinging the bat that well’


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For the 13th consecutive game, the Milwaukee Brewers failed to score six or more runs as they were defeated 6-2 by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Over their last four games, in which they have a record of 1-3, the Brewers have scored a total of 10 runs and have given up 23. After last night’s loss, manager Ron Roenicke said the offense needs to step it up, but doesn’t intend to switch up the lineup.

“We’re not swinging the bat that well,” Roenicke told reporters. “The combination of what we have — we put some more left-handers in today with [Caleb] Gindl and [Logan] Schafer. We thought it would be a little bit better against Cueto. It’s hard to say what to do with the lineup. The guys are playing enough and if somebody’s hot they’re going to be in there more. As a group, we’ll get it going.”

“We’re not swinging the bat that well.”

The Brewers are 18th in runs, 17th in batting average and 25th on-base percentage. But because of strong and effective pitching, the Brewers (21-10) have the best record in baseball.

And while the Brewers only managed three hits against Cincinnati, all against starter Johnny Cueto, first baseman Mark Reynolds said the team isn’t worried.

“At the end of the day, a loss is a loss, but some losses mentally hurt more than others,” Reynolds said. “Today, we just ran into a good pitcher. You can’t do anything about it. You just move on and get ready for tomorrow.”

If the Brewers split the series with the Reds today, they’ll be 4-3 on this week’s road trip. And considering they made a stop at Busch Stadium to face the Cardinals before coming to Cincinnati, that’s one heck of a week. But if the offense continues to sputter, Roenicke might have to change up his lineup card.