Macha takes credit for Wolf jinx

Macha takes credit for Wolf jinx

PHOENIX -- Before Thursday's 11-3 loss to the D-backs, Brewers manager Ken Macha noted that Randy Wolf was the only one of his four set starters not to have a bad outing this spring. Think again.

"I blame myself on this one, 100 percent," said Macha, who took the responsibility for jinxing Wolf, who had a 1.13 ERA and hadn't allowed a homer or a walk this spring coming into the game. Well, Wolf still hasn't allowed a walk.

Wolf was crushed for four homers, five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in Milwaukee's Arizona-closing defeat. Wolf claimed that three of the homers came on the six changeups he threw. The first two were hit back-to-back in the first inning by Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.

"It's good to get it out of the way," said Wolf about the bad outing. "I'd be concerned if I left Spring Training with great numbers, you don't want that. If any day was the day to leave it all out there, this one was it."

The veteran left-hander, who is slated to start Tuesday night at home against the Rockies, finished the spring with a 3.15 ERA, still respectable.