Roenicke calls on Brewers to play better

Roenicke calls on Brewers to play better

Roenicke calls on Brewers to play better
CINCINNATI -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had strong words for his team on Monday as it began one of the season's biggest series to date, a three-game set against the National League Central-leading Reds.

It could be a big series, Roenicke said, considering the Brewers entered the week 6 1/2 games back, but only if they begin to play a more fundamentally sound brand of baseball.

"I think it's a way we can get back in this thing, and I've talked about, 'All we need is a good week,' and I still believe that," Roenicke said. "But I'm also concerned, just about the way we're playing. I think that's where my concentration is -- not on who we're playing, but how we're playing."

He added: "I don't see us getting back into it the way we keep playing."

Roenicke was particularly discouraged by a 1-0 loss to the White Sox on Sunday, in which the Brewers made a pair of critical outs at third base, missed opportunities to advance runners and again saw shaky relief outings.

Milwaukee's longest winning streak this season is four games.

"We'll have good games, and then all of a sudden we'll come out and we won't play [well] for a couple of days," Roenicke said. "We have the capability to get back in this."