Relievers meet with Roenicke, Kranitz

Relievers meet with Roenicke, Kranitz

PHILADELPHIA -- Members of Milwaukee's struggling bullpen met with manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz a couple hours before Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies. The get together came a night after a second straight game was blown by the relief corps.

Though Roenicke wouldn't share the exact contents of the meeting with reporters, the manager noted that "some good things" were said.

"The most important thing is to get the confidence back," Roenicke said. "However we do it. And that's why I wanted to hear from them, too. If I can do something on my end or Rick can do something on his end to either give them more confidence or maybe to help them execute pitches better, which builds confidence, then that's what we need to try to do."

After blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Brewers' bullpen ranks 28th in the Major Leagues with a 4.76 ERA. The 'pen's 24 losses are the most of any in baseball.

Asked about possible role changes, Roenicke tossed around the idea of having John Axford pitch the eighth inning for the near future. There's not a whole lot the manager can change regarding roles, however.

"Baseball's confidence," Roenicke said. "When you're at this level, they're all talented. But the guys that succeed more often are the guys that are very confident, almost to that cockiness point. They forget about the negative stuff and all they worry about is doing something good."