Roenicke showing faith in slumping Aramis

Roenicke showing faith in slumping Aramis

CINCINNATI -- Aramis Ramirez is mired in a pretty significant slump, but with manager Ron Roenicke hesitant to start tweaking the lineup, it's likely the third baseman will be given every opportunity to work out of what ails him while maintaining his spot in the middle of the Brewers' order.

In Ramirez's last 40 at-bats, he has two hits -- both solo homers.

Ramirez showed a couple of positive signs, however, during the Brewers' 6-2 loss on Saturday against the Reds. He homered convincingly off Johnny Cueto in the second inning and nearly did the same in the ninth off Sam LeCure, flying out at the warning track in the deepest point of center to end the game.

"That was nice," Roenicke said. "He needed that and we certainly need it. Hopefully, he gets it going. The last ball he hit, I thought he hit really well. It just wasn't carrying at that time."

On Sunday, Ramirez went 0-for-4 and grounded into two double plays during the Brewers' 4-3 extra-inning loss.

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