MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Ryan Braun says the Milwaukee Brewers are “barely even competitive” after losing 16 of their last 20 games. The All-Star outfielder hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. It was a solo shot in the sixth inning after the Dodgers had built up a 7-0 lead. Braun called his team’s slide “terrible,” “miserable,” and “no fun.” The Brewers are only one game off their pace from a year ago, when they surged at the end and almost made the playoffs. But Braun said, “Last year there was hope. This year is miserable. We’ve got to win some games so we can feel good about ourselves again.” Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta lasted just one and two-thirds innings. He left during a five-run Dodger rally in the second in which Peralta walked two of the runs home. He fell to 3-5. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the win, giving up two runs in seven and a third innings to improve to 5-2. Milwaukee lost two of three to the fledgling Dodgers, who might have saved manager Don Mattingly’s job amid rumors that he’s on the way out. L-A is now 19-26. The Brewers remain tied with the Chicago Cubs for last place in the National League Central. Both are 18-27, 11-and-a-half games behind first-place Saint Louis. Milwaukee is off today, and will open a home series against Pittsburgh Friday night.
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