07/24/11 4:06 PM ET
Brewers won't back off on baserunning
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Manager Ron Roenicke has preached an aggressive philosophy since taking the helm last October, and it was certainly in play Saturday. Rickie Weeks was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning and Nyjer Morgan was out trying to advance on a ball in the dirt in the fifth, giving the Brewers 53 "outs on base," according to the website Baseball-Reference.com.
That stat does not include runners caught stealing, so Casey McGehee was off the hook. He was caught off third base on an attempted double steal in the fourth.
The Brewers made six more outs on the bases through Saturday than any other team. Roenicke attributes the vast majority of those outs to aggressive baserunning, and not necessarily mistakes.
"It's acceptable for what we're trying to do," Roenicke said. "Any time you try to create a different thought process on the bases, you're going to run into outs. I don't believe in going station to station like some teams and, hey, some teams have been successful at that. I believe in being aggressive, and if you're going to be aggressive, you're going to run into outs."
Roenicke was particularly supportive of third-base coach Ed Sedar, who moved from first to third last winter.
"Even if you broke even on outs versus runs you create, I think the attitude from the aggressiveness goes into the whole game, not just the baserunning," Roenicke said. "I think it goes into your at-bats, your defensive play. It goes into your pitching. The whole attitude of the team is, 'Let's be aggressive in everything we do.' I want these guys always wanting to make plays rather than worrying about making a mistake.
"I'm not saying that I'm right and everyone else is doing it wrong. I just think for the total picture, your team is more apt to take it to the other team if that [aggressive] style comes into it."
Fielder declines day of rest, extends streak
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke approached his first baseman late Saturday night about taking a day off for the first time this season. Prince Fielder said he wanted to play.
So Fielder, stuck in a slump since the All-Star break, was the Brewers' cleanup man for the 103rd time Sunday, one of only two Major Leaguers to start all of his team's games this season.
"Especially the guys that are 'your guys,' the main guys who have to do with the core of your team, I want those guys to have their say-so," Roenicke said. "They know themselves better than I know what's going on inside of them."
A day off might have made sense considering that Fielder had two hits in his last 28 at-bats through Saturday's 0-for-4, that the Brewers were facing a left-hander in Madison Bumgarner and that the team had an off-day scheduled for Monday, which would have afforded Fielder a two-day break from baseball.
Fielder is not a fan of sitting on the bench. Since the start of 2006, Fielder's first full season, he has played more games than anybody else in baseball, appearing in 900 of the Brewers' 913 games.
He has started -- as the first baseman or designated hitter -- all but one of the Brewers' last 450 games dating back to September 2008. The only game he missed in that span was a loss at Houston last Sept. 13, when Fielder was severely ill with the flu. Fielder had started 327 consecutive games before that one, the longest streak in franchise history.
"If he's at the frustration point that, say, Casey [McGehee] was at, I can tell," Roenicke said. "Then it's not hard for me to tell him, 'Hey, listen, I'm going to give you a day off.' But he's not there. And if he's not there, I want him to play."
Rickie Weeks on Saturday became the 10th player in Brewers history to steal 100 bases. Paul Molitor tops that list with 412 steals during his Brewers career.
According to the University of Florida athletics Twitter feed, the Brewers have signed catcher Ben McMahan and assigned him to Rookie-level Helena. McMahan was Milwaukee's 23rd-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
With Tuesday's game against the Cubs, the Brewers begin a stretch of 18 consecutive games against National League Central opponents. They are 20-17 against the Central this season.