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Wolf's woeful outing puts Brewers in historically bad company

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Left-hander Randy Wolf(notes) turned in a performance Wednesday night that places the Milwaukee Brewers among one of the worst pitching stretches in decades.

It was also a masochistic outing for the ages as Wolf allowed 12 earned runs and 13 hits, yet stuck around for 5 2/3 innings so the gassed Brewers bullpen could be given some relief in a 15-3 victory by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

From MLB.com:

"I told Rick [Peterson, the pitching coach], 'Look, I'll stay in there,'" Wolf said. "I'd rather me take the abuse than the bullpen. ... I've already got killed enough. I don't care what my ERA is. I'm just trying to save those guys out there."

How sporting of him!

Lately, Brewers starting pitchers are only giving the opponent a sporting chance; they've allowed at least 10 runs in three of the past four games, the worst stretch for any team since a trio of 1937 St. Louis Browns did it in as many games.

"That's no fun," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "You want to sit there where I sit? That's no fun."

And Wolf's results against the Bucs put him on a bad list all by himself. If my Baseball-Reference query is right, it's only the second time since the 1950 season that a starting pitcher has gone that deep into a game and given up that many earned runs.

The previous guinea pig was Milwaukee's Bill Travers, who allowed 14 runs and 18 hits (ouch) over 7 2/3 innings in the second game of a doubleheader against the Indians in July 1977.

Anything for the team, right Randy?

"I've had four out of five good starts, and then there's a blow-up," he said. "Today was definitely one of the blow-ups. It's extremely frustrating, because I was getting to the point where I liked the way I was throwing the ball. Then you have a day like today where you just get killed."

Through 21 starts, Wolf's ERA is 5.20. He has a little less than 2 1/2 years to go on the $29.75 million contract he signed in the offseason.

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