Milwaukee Brewers defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3

Pittsburgh — There was no statistical reason to switch Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in the Brewers' batting order Thursday night against Pittsburgh.

But when you've lost nine games in a row and dropped perilously close to last place, what's there to lose?

With that thought in mind, Braun and Fielder went to manager Ken Macha after loss No. 9 Wednesday night and requested a flip-flop in the batting order. Macha agreed, dropping Braun to fourth and moving Fielder up t...

Pittsburgh — A new order is emerging in the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen, and John Axford appears to be right in the middle of it.

Axford helped do something Thursday night at PNC Park that has been extraordinarily difficult for the Brewers' relief corps this season - protect a late-inning lead. Interim closer Carlos Villanueva applied the finishing touch, and the Brewers snapped a gut-wrenching nine-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Asked if this ...

The common reaction to the Milwaukee Brewers' problems seems to be to blow up the entire operation.

But as we've discussed before, the manager is only as good as the players. And because it's all about the players, purging a roster hasn't been an option since the original big-league Brewers left the Lloyd Street Grounds for St. Louis in 1902.

Since it is the general manager's job to get players, Doug Melvin, who is generally regarded as one of the game's better GMs, ...