After being outscored, 21-2, in four games at San Diego, the Brewers found their offensive stroke and bludgeoned Los Angeles and Arizona, 51-19, winning five of six games to finish with a 6-4 mark on the road trip.
How about that for a turnaround?
"It would have been very easy for us, after San Diego, to go into a funk and feel sorry for ourselves," third baseman Casey McGehee told reporters after the game. "I thought we did a great job of coming back and competing and battling. We turned it around."
The sweep of Arizona brought the Brewers back to within one game of .500 (15-16) heading into a three-game series at home against Atlanta.
The offensive production of the last week also emphasizes the feast-or-famine nature of the Brewers' offense this season.
Six times this season, the Brewers have scored double-digit runs -- the most in the National League -- including three games of 17 runs or more.
They've scored a total 87 runs in those six games, which accounts for 50.3 percent of their 173 runs this year.
Take away those six games, and the team is averaging 3.6 runs per game.
"It's unbelievable," said starting pitcher Randy Wolf. "When we start scoring runs, they can't stop the bleeding. I've never seen anything like it."
No DL for Gomez: An MRI performed last week showed that centerfielder Carlos Gomez was suffering from a strained left rotator cuff.
Gomez was hurt last Wednesday in Los Angeles when he dove head-first into second base. He sat out the final game against the Dodgers and didn't play at all against Arizona and will be re-examined today.
Hawkins to DL: After giving up the game-winning grand slam to Andre Either in the bottom of the ninth inning last Thursday at Los Angeles, it became obvious that something was wrong with LaTroy Hawkins.
On Sunday, Hawkins was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder.
The veteran right-hander got off to a good start, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings to open the season before getting tagged for four runs April 14 at Chicago. He was knocked around again, two days later, in Washington.
After Thursday's night's outing, Hawkins is 0-3 with a 9.26 ERA. With Houston in 2009, he allowed just 15 earned runs in 63 1/3 innings, posting a 1-4 record with a 2.13 ERA.
"I felt like I was throwing the way I normally did, but something wasn't right," Hawkins said. "It would get better, get back worse, get better, get worse," he said. "I'll rest and try to build up some arm strength."
Hawkins is eligible to return to action on May 22. Left-handed specialist Mitch Stetter was recalled from Class AAA Nashville to fill Hawkins' place on the roster.
Stetter made two appearances for the Brewers this season before being optioned to Nashville to make room for Jeff Suppan.
He made eight appearances with the Sounds, and allowed three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings of work.
Escobar takes a break: Macha gave Alcides Escobar a couple of days off in San Diego after the rookie shortstop fell into a 1-for-14 slump.
In his last 10 games, Escobar is 3-for-32 (.094) with three RBI and eight strikeouts. For the season, Escobar has a .222 average with three triples, a home run and eight RBI.
While his offense has struggled, Escobar has been solid in the field. He's been charged with six errors in 112 total chances, giving him a .946 fielding percentage; respectable numbers, in Macha's opinion, for a youngster seeing his first extended action.
"His intensity on the field, that's what we're looking for," Macha told the Journal Sentinel's Anthony Witrado. "If a day off every once in a while is going to sharpen that, then we may have to do that (but) I hope we don't have to do that."
End near for Jenkins: Former Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins hasn't officially retired, but having gone more than a year without an offer, the end may be near.
Jenkins signed with the Philadelphia prior to the 2008 season and went on to win a World Series ring with the Phillies -- dispatching his former team in the NLDS -- later that year. He was released near the end of spring training last season, but hasn't been in the majors since.
"We e-mailed everybody, I was surprised," Jenkins told MLB.com Reporter Adam McCalvy. "A lot of it had to do with the market, teams were not really spending extra money ... In the end, teams wanted to go with one of their young, athletic guys, which I once was."
Jenkins, who hit .271 with 221 home runs over 11 seasons, said he received some Class AAA offers, but felt he could still contribute to a big league roster.
Quick hits: The Brewers are 2-12 when scoring three or fewer runs ... With 14 pinch-hits, the Brewers lead the National League and rank fourth in batting average (.304) ... Prince Fielder celebrated his 26th birthday Sunday, hitting a home run in the second inning ... Catcher George Kottaras celebrates his 27th birthday today ... The Brewers have used just 26 players this season, tied with Detroit and the Chicago White Sox for fewest in the major leagues ... All five starters will receive an extra day of rest thanks to an off-day Thursday. Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson had considered realigning the rotation ... Ryan Braun is hitting .442 with 5 home runs and 24 RBI on the road this season. At home, he's hitting .245 with a home run and four RBI ... Milwaukee has won six in a row at Chase Field and is 11-3 in the last 14 games there ... Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee lead all National League in combined RBI with 56 ... The Brewers are 12-2 when out-hitting their opponents and 3-14 when being out-hit or even.... Pitcher Randy Wolf is hitting .368 (7-for-19) ... Todd Coffey has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances ... Gregg Zaun went 8-for-22 (.364) with two home runs on the road trip.
Injury report: Infielder Mat Gamel continues working out at the team's spring training facility as he recovers from a shoulder injury. ... Right-hander Josh Butler is recovering from a right-elbow impingement and is also participating in extended spring training.
On the farm: Chris Capuano made another strong start Friday for Class A Brevard County, allowing a run on six hits over five innings. He struck out five, bringing his total to 17 in three outings with the Manatees. Class AAA Nashville did not replace Stetter on its roster, potentially leaving room for Capuano's promotion. ... Left-hander Zack Braddock, who hadn't allowed a run in his first eight outings (13 1/3 innings) was tagged for eight runs in 2/3 on an inning in the Sounds' 15-12 loss to Albuquerque.
He said it: "You don't ever say you've got it licked. There's no such thing. It completely messes with your head." -- Infielder Craig Counsell, on pinch hitting This week: The Brewers are back home Monday, kicking off a six-game home stand -- all against National League East opponents -- with the first of three games against Atlanta. Lefty Doug Davis (1-3, 8.13) takes the mound against the Braves' Tommy Hanson (2-2, 2.83) in the opener. Monday is also the start of the 5-County, 5-Day promotion, during which residents of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washington and Ozaukee Counties can purchase reserved seats for half-price. This weekend, as part of the team's 40th anniversary, the Brewers will recognize teams of the 1970s with a retro pennant giveaway on Saturday and a Hank Aaron bobblehead on Sunday. The team will wear retro uniforms, as well.
N.L. Central Standings (through games Sunday): 1, St. Louis, 20-12; 2, Cincinnati, 16-15 (-3.5); 3, Milwaukee, 15-16 (-4.5); 4, Pittsburgh, 14-17 (-5.5); 5, Chicago, 14-18 (-6); 6, Houston, 10-12 (-9.5).