Crew missing too many chances to score

Crew missing too many chances to score

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' offensive struggles have increased over the last 10 games, and much of it has to do with their performance with runners in scoring position.

Although they have hit .267 in such situations over that stretch, that number is inflated by the offensive outbursts in two wins over the Mets and Twins. In eight losses over the last 10 games, the Brewers are batting just .188 with runners in scoring position.

In scoring 16 runs on Sunday, the Crew went 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position compared with a 2-for-13 mark in Tuesday night's loss. Despite collecting 11 hits off Giants starter Matt Cain, including seven extra-base hits, the Brewers managed just four runs in a 6-4 defeat.

A leadoff triple in the first and a one-out triple in the second went for naught against Cain, as Norichika Aoki and Jonathan Lucroy were each unable to score.

"We stuck with our approach," center fielder Nyjer Morgan said. "We had Cain on the ropes, and we hit balls right at guys. It's just a part of the game sometimes, and you've got to keep your head up."

Last season, Milwaukee ranked third in the National League, batting .268 with runners in scoring position. The Brewers' OPS of .774 was second best in the NL, behind the Cardinals.

This year the Brewers are in the bottom half of the NL, batting just .240 in such situations.

"Collectively, as a group, we've got to find ways to score when we get runners in scoring position," said Shaun Marcum, who was stranded at second after a one-out double in the third inning on Tuesday night.

"Especially with guys on third with less than two outs. We've got to find ways to get those guys in."