'Littlest things' causing big problems for Brewers
Jul 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (23) is tagged out by Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) on a stolen base attempt in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Image by Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
It's said often in life that the little things can make a big difference. In baseball, one little thing can mean the difference between first place by yourself and a tie with your most loathed rival.
The Milwaukee Brewers hope to recover Monday after learning that lesson the hard way, as one baserunning failure and one missed throw led to a defeat to the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
"You're playing these close games against other good teams. The littlest things can make a difference," said Journal Sentinel beat writer and 620WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
Those little things included, as Haudricourt said, "a runner thrown out on the back end of a double steal before a long drive by Braun that would have been a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Then you have Frankie Rodriguez in the game in the bottom of the ninth...you like your chances to win the game.' "
They chose not to go with Rodriguez in a tie game, and a double by Jayson Werth scored a Washington runner after Khris Davis missed a throw to a cutoff man from left field.
"Missing the cutoff man...you at least want a play at the plate."
The combination of late mistakes had manager Ron Roenicke fuming after the game.
"He was doing a slow burn after that game, especially about some things that happened in the ninth inning."
Milwaukee now stands in a first-place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in first place in the NL Central. The Brewers now start a series with the Cincinnati Reds, who are only 2.5 games back of first. Listen at 6:35 p.m. on 620WTMJ.