The Milwaukee Brewers have been playing great baseball, as evidenced by their 51-33 record to lead the National League. Nobody's perfect, though, and the Brewers probably want a do-over from a mistake-filled play in a 10-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee infielder Aramis Ramirez started the comedy of errors by botching (for an error) what appeared to be a routine grounder hit near third by Colorado's Wilin Rosario in the fifth inning. A pair of ill-advised throws followed — including one that catcher Jonathan Lucroy air-mailed into left field for a decisive error — to cap the regrettable series of events. A three-run lead mushroomed to 8-2 with Troy Tulowitzki, Corey Dickerson and Rosario scoring.
Ramirez, who's had a fine career on defense, said he should have made the play on Rosario's grounder. It probably would have been worth a double play, too. Rockies manager Walt Weiss half-joking called it a "home run for Rosario," and he did appear to be out of breath. Really, it was closer to the kind of botched play you'd see in a Little League game, with all apologies to the kid ballplayers out there.
Via the Associated Press:
Wearing dark sunglasses, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke watched calmly in the dugout with arms crossed what he later called the ''meltdown.'' The Rockies pounced on a team that looked a little tired after wrapping up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, though Roenicke wasn't sure if fatigue may have played a role in the field in the fifth.
"You can't have those plays any time," Roenicke said. "You get down when you see it, so it's hard to bounce back after a play like that."
The Rockies didn't allow the Brewers to bounce, and prevented a season sweep as a result. They're 36-46 after a hot start. They'd like a do-over for all of June and some of May.
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