MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers lead the Major Leagues in heartbreak, but manager Ron Roenicke insisted Thursday that nobody was giving up.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Brewers entered Thursday leading the Majors with 26 one-run losses, 23 losses decided in an opponents' last at-bat and 23 blown saves. They were tied with the Phillies with 10 walk-off losses.
Three of those walk-offs came on the just-completed road trip, a dismal 1-5 swing through Houston and Denver.
"Unfortunately, we've been through this a lot," Roenicke said. "The more times you have things happen to you, the easier it is to understand how to get out of it, to understand how to bounce back and just play the next day hard. No matter how bad the loss was that we've had, that next day, we always come back and play pretty well. We may lose it again late, but we've really bounced back to play a good game."
Asked how long that attitude can hold up, Roenicke said, "I don't know." Asked whether the losses become demoralizing at some point, he said, "I don't see that happening with this group."
"If it was going to happen, it would have already happened," he said. "The Phillies series before [three straight blown leads from July 23-25] would have crushed us."