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Brewers slugger Ryan Braun put away his bat, sat at his locker inside the visitors clubhouse at Wrigley Field and started tapping on an old telegraph machine.

Beep, beeeep, beep.

"S.O.S.," Braun might have been thinking. "Send pitching now. Maybe get CC again, or if he's not available, someone like this Ted Lilly(notes) guy."

Apparently tired of his club sending the likes of Mike Burns(notes) and Seth McClung(notes) out to the mound to start ballgames, Braun used the media to send general manager Doug Melvin a message.

"Their starting pitching is a lot better than ours," Braun said after the Cubs took three of four games in the series, including Sunday's 8-2 victory. "They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did. They certainly swung the bats better than we did. Clearly they were the better team. It's nice to get the one win but they clearly outplayed us and outperformed us all series."

Braun was only gettin' warmed up.

"We're at the point right now where it would be important for us to go out there and acquire somebody," Braun said. "I think [management] would be more inclined to do that if we're winning."

Beep, beeeep, beep.

Maybe management would be more inclined to do it if a player was management.

In 1941, the Indians promoted 24-year-old infielder Lou Boudreau (far right) to player/manager. If Melvin (near right) can't make Braun's wish come true, perhaps Brewers owner Mark Attanasio would put his 25-year-old left fielder in charge of player personnel.

Braun just might take the job.

"I wish I got to make decisions like that," Braun said. "I know he's looking to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon, but at the same time a lot of teams are in the race and there aren't a lot of teams willing to give guys up. If they do, the asking price is high.

"That being said, it would be nice to make a move. It would be nice to do something to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better."

Beep, beeep, beep.

A year ago Tuesday, Melvin famously came through with the CC Sabathia trade. Later, with seconds remaining in the regular season, Melvin fired manager Ned Yost and the Brew Crew made the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

Great job, Doug. But what have you done for Cheeseheads lately?

The Brewers find themselves in the bottom third in the league in ERA and in the middle of the pack in WHIP, but Braun isn't calling for an overhaul to the entire staff. McClung and Burns allowed a combined 14 runs in their starts against the Cubs, but the Brewers got solid efforts from Jeff Suppan(notes) and Braden Looper(notes) in the other two games.

"No matter who is in there, we have to find a way to throw the ball better for us to have success," said Braun said. "I think when you're constantly behind in games, it's not easy and it's not fun. Their starting pitcher was clearly better than ours this series."

Beep, beeep, beep.

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