Brewers Not Panicking After 4-Game Skid

Manager Ned Yost, veteran players believe they have talent and aren't putting pressure on themselves despite slow start to September.

Inside pitch

When the Brewers were swept in a four-game series by Chicago at the end of July, they responded by going 20-7 in August and taking command of the NL wild card race.

But after losing their first four games in September before finally breaking through for a victory, the Brewers insist they aren't going to panic.

"Just because our record says we're good and we know we're good, it doesn't mean it's going to happen every day," said center fielder Mike Cameron. "That's why you can't worry about it too much. You can't press it into happening. You just come back and try to put it together. When you start trying to analyze every little thing, then you're not focusing on what you need to focus on."

Manager Ned Yost acknowledged that losing four in a row was somewhat painful, especially when the Brewers could have closed ground in the NL Central on the equally slumping Cubs. But Yost said you can't cry over spilled milk.

"If you start worrying about it, it starts piling up on you and it's weight that you don't need," Yost said. "This time of year, every game is important so you feel like you have to win every game. But you don't worry about it. You don't dwell on it."

Brewers 3, Padres 2 (11)

The Brewers are accustomed to winning when CC Sabathia pitches. They just aren't accustomed to having to work so hard. The Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak and won their first game in September on Friday on J.J. Hardy's one-out, RBI single in the 11th.

Sabathia was strong, as usual, allowing only one run over seven innings and knocking in a run to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. But reliever Eric Gagne, who has struggled to keep the ball in the park all season, surrendered a game-tying homer to Brian Giles in the eighth.

The teams then took turns squandering scoring opportunities before the Brewers finally broke through in the 11th. They maintained their four-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL wild card race and closed within four games of the staggering Cubs in the Central race.

Notes

--Right fielder Corey Hart is second in the National League with 42 doubles. The last Brewer to lead the league in doubles was Lyle Overbay in 2004 (53, a club record).

--First baseman Prince Fielder has gone 19 games and 74 at-bats without a home run. His last homer came Aug. 13 off San Diego righty Josh Banks.

--Cameron, who batted .360 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in August to earn the Brewers' player of the month award, is off to a 2-for-16 start in September with no RBI.

--Hardy is hitting .370 (30 for 81) with five homers and 17 RBIs over his last 19 games.

--Gagne has allowed 11 home runs in 37 2/3 innings this season.

By the numbers

3,000--Victories in franchise history, a figure the Brewers attained Friday with the win over San Diego.


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