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07/07/09 12:34 AM ET

Melvin upset with Braun's comments

Brewers GM calls slugger's calling out of starters 'inappropriate'

Milwaukee General Manager Doug Melvin isn't happy about Ryan Braun's recent plea for the Brewers front office to make a move for more starting pitching.

"It was inappropriate for him to say what he said, and I'm not happy about it," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday. "To make the statements he made and also get on his teammates like that, it was irresponsible on his part. It just ticked me off."

The Brewers outfielder called out the starting pitching Sunday after the Brewers lost, 8-2, to the Cubs. The Brewers lost three of four games in the series.

"Their starting pitching is a lot better than ours," Braun said. "They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did, and they swung the bats better than we did as well. Clearly, they were the better team. It's nice to get one win, but they clearly outperformed us in this series."

Braun said he hoped Melvin would make a move to better the Brewers.

"I know [Melvin] is trying to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon. But at the same time, I think everybody's recognized there's a lot of teams that are still in the race."

"That being said, it would be nice to make a move. It would be nice to do something to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better."

The Brewers, who trail the Cardinals in the NL Central by one game, host St. Louis in a three-game series that starts Tuesday.

"We need to find a way to throw the ball a little better to have success," Braun said. "When you're constantly behind in games, it's not easy. It's not fun. Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours this series."

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.