NEW YORK -- Will Monday's clean inning prove to be a turning point for Brewers seventh-inning specialist Jose Veras? His manager sure hopes so.
"He needs results," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think yesterday's game certainly should help him. If he has a couple more good ones in a row, I think his confidence should be real good again."
Veras retired all three Mets hitters he faced with the Brewers trailing, 2-0, in an eventual 3-1 loss. It was his first clean inning in 12 outings since April 21, and his third outing without a hit or a walk in 17 appearances this season.
Roenicke suggested that bad luck has continued to Veras' uneven start.
"If you look at the pitches he's thrown lately, he's really throwing the ball OK," Roenicke said. "He's not lights-out, but he's throwing the ball OK. But if he makes four good pitches and one mistake, they don't miss the mistake. That's what's going on with him. He's not getting any breaks."
Veras' curveball has not been as sharp since it was in Spring Training, Roenicke said, but it was effective on Monday.
The seventh is a key inning for the Brewers, who count on Veras as a bridge between the starting rotation and usually reliable relievers Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford.