Before Wednesday’s game, Milwaukee manager Ned Yost and hitting instructor Butch Wynegar held a meeting to discuss the team’s offensive approach.
Yost’s message was to “quit pressing at the plate,” feeling his players were caving under added pressure to produce. The offense didn’t respond immediately, but Milwaukee scored enough runs to win, 2-1 in 12 innings on Wednesday night.
Other than first baseman Lyle Overbay, who is hitting .352 with six homers and 21 doubles, the Brewers are struggling as a group.
Geoff Jenkins, considered the team’s best offensive player after the offseason deal that sent slugging first baseman Richie Sexson to Arizona, is off to the worst start of his career, hitting just .265 with four home runs.
“The last couple weeks, I’ve just felt slow.” said Jenkins, who responded with two hits and scored the winning run Wednesday. “I don’t think I’ve felt good at the plate for a whole game this season.”
Los Angeles’ offense isn’t faring much better. The Dodgers have scored one run or fewer three times in the last five games.
A major part of the problem is the continued slump of Shawn Green, who went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s defeat, and is mired in an 8-for-52 slump.
According to Dodgers manager Jim Tracy, Green will continue to bat second in the lineup, after moving him from the fourth spot on May 21 in an effort to shake him out of the prolonged slump.
“All we’re doing is just giving him a less stressful environment, for him to be able to just go out there a couple days and just let the bat go,” Tracy said.
Green is 1-for-8 since the move.