Fielder says Brewers aren't worried
MILWAUKEE Prince Fielder says nothing has changed. That goes for his status and the state of the Brewers' offense.
Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Fielder, a free agent in the offseason and represented by Scott Boras, said before the game in an interview to air with TBS this weekend that this is "probably" his last season with the Brewers.
"It's the same thing I've been saying," Fielder said. "That's what you guys said last year. Probably. It is what it is."
Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central dropped to 5½ games over St. Louis, which beat Pittsburgh 3-2. The Brewers have Thursday off before a six-game road trip against division rivals Cincinnati and Chicago.
Milwaukee has cooled off since building a 10½-game lead in the division, losing six of the last eight games while St. Louis has won seven of the last eight.
"We've hit a little bump right now," Fielder said. "We're still ahead. I don't see the need for worry quite yet."
The Brewers remain in an offensive funk, scoring 16 times and batting .202 over their eight-game slump. Milwaukee is seeking its first title since winning the AL East in 1982.
"We didn't play well the last couple games. We were fortunate to win a game yesterday. There's always a concern when you're trying to get on a roll, trying to get those good at-bats going again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We'll get out of it and start playing good ball again."
It's become an increasingly bumpy ride for the Brewers after the team had no off-the-field issues before Nyjer Morgan's antics drew the ire of the Cardinals just over a week ago. Then, reliever Francisco Rodriguez revealed Tuesday for the first time he was unhappy in the setup role before Fielder's comments came Wednesday.
Fielder said the focus remains on winning and reaching the postseason.
"We've just got to come out and win," Fielder said. "We've still got a lead, hopefully we just turn it around, but like I said, everybody's giving 100 percent, that's all you can ask for."
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy thinks the Brewers may be pressing.
"I know I'm pressing a little bit, myself. Sometimes you just try to do too much, get a little frustrated instead of relaxing and playing and you just end up hurting yourself," he said.
Kevin Millwood scattered two runs over six innings for the Rockies.
Corey Hart tripled and scored on Morgan's groundout to start the game, but that was Milwaukee's only hit off Millwood until Yuniesky Betancourt's single in the fifth.
Colorado answered with three runs with two out off Brewers Shaun Marcum (12-7) in the third. Mark Ellis singled in a run before Gonzalez's homer deep to right-center field made it 3-1.
Wilin Rosario added a solo shot — the second homer of his career — in the fourth.
The Rockies made it 6-1 in the fifth on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly and a fielding error by second baseman Rickie Weeks that allowed Ellis to score. The sloppy play drew boos from the crowd because Ellis had stopped at third on Jason Giambi's double before Weeks failed to cleanly catch Hart's throw from right field.
The 36-year-old Millwood (3-2) has found a role in Colorado after bouncing around the minors with the Yankees and Red Sox organizations this season. He allowed four hits and two walks over six innings in his fourth quality start since signing with the Rockies on Aug. 10.
"I can't say enough about the job that Kevin Millwood has done since he's arrived with us," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's competed extremely well. He's pitched very competitive innings. He knows what to do with a lead."
NOTES: Weeks left for a pinch runner in the sixth. He's left early in each of the last three games as the team has limited his innings after he severely sprained his left ankle on July 27. ... Rockies C Eliezer Alfonzo was suspended 100 games, becoming the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under MLB's testing program. ... Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker said he plans to return for his 42nd season. The 76-year-old Uecker had two heart surgeries last year. ... The Brewers have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Cincinnati. LHP Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.44 ERA) will face Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.28) in the opener. ... Colorado returns home to face San Francisco beginning Thursday. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-11, 3.64) faces Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (10-7, 2.66).