Maybe there is more wrong with the Baltimore Orioles than last week's emotional return of Earl Weaver can cure.
They appeared to be in another tailspin when they blew a six-run lead and lost their fourth straight game tonight, 13-10, to Milwaukee here in County Stadium.
The Brewers tied a team record by scoring nine runs in the sixth, the most the Orioles have given up in an inning this season.
Mike Boddicker started with a 6-0 lead when he took the mound, but gave up seven runs in five innings. Tippy Martinez gave up another four and Sammy Stewart (2-3) and Nate Snell allowed one each just hours after Ray Miller -- the Orioles' pitching coach for seven years -- left to manage the Minnesota Twins.
Ken Rowe, the new pitching coach, won't arrive until Saturday, but there's probably very little he could have done about what happened tonight.
The Orioles scored three runs in the ninth on Cal Ripken's two-out homer. But it couldn't keep them from dropping 6 1/2 games behind Toronto in the American League East.
Much of Weaver's postgame analysis, quite understandably, had to do with his pitchers. "I've talked to the pitchers," he said. "They say they feel good. They look like they're throwing good. We're not going to make any (personnel) changes at this point.
"Go out and get me Bruce Sutter and maybe we get out of it. But we aren't gonna get him now. And Tippy won a World Series for 'em. I believe in their talent. Just last week Boddicker had a shutout against them going into the ninth . . . one of the prettiest games I've seen.
"What have we given up? Thirty-nine runs in the last four games?" Weaver asked rhetorically. "Hell, even I can say, 'Well, something's wrong.' So, on to (Scott) McGregor (on Saturday)."
When someone asked Weaver when he remembered seeing a nine-run inning, he said, "Well, I've read about it. Didn't Philadelphia score nine runs in the first inning last week?"
The Orioles led, 6-0, after the first inning, which was highlighted by Rick Dempsey's first home run since April 25. They led, 7-1, going into the bottom of the fifth, after Boddicker breezed through the second, third and fourth innings.
Weaver thought his team was fortunate to be ahead by so much. "Five hitters, three broken bats, and you're winning, 3-0. Now, the sun's shining on you."
But when blowing rain threatened to delay and maybe end the game, Boddicker, at least according to Weaver, rushed to finish the inning. "He started to rush a bit and it got him out of synch," Weaver said.
So Boddicker gave up three runs in the fifth to allow the Brewers to creep within 7-4. What Milwaukee did the next inning was anything other than creep. Boddicker allowed the seventh, eighth and ninth hitters in the Milwaukee order to reach base, loading the bases.
Ed Romero, the No. 9 hitter, singled so hard to left that Jim Gantner didn't have time to score from second.
Stewart's pickoff attempt resulted in an error -- it was charged to Eddie Murray -- that allowed Milwaukee's fifth run to score. And Stewart walked the only batter he faced, Paul Molitor.
Martinez came in to allow four runs, including Bobby Clark's dumpy single that dropped between Lee Lacy and Lenn Sakata and made it 9-7.
"The right fielder's gotta take charge and call that ball himself," Weaver said after mentioning that Lacy's "You take it," sounded to second baseman Sakata like, "I'll take it."
The Brewers didn't stop until they had sent 14 men to the plate and had seven hits, including Cecil Cooper's ground single that scored two runs. At the end of the sixth, it was 13-7.
Weaver went around asking each pitcher about the pitches they threw, trying to find out what could be wrong, and at the same time instill confidence.
"I talked to Tippy," Weaver said. "He said he made a good pitch to Coop. And Coop even told Eddie down at first that the pitch wasn't even a strike."
So Weaver went over every pitch and every situation. He even posed the second-guessing question. "Now the question has to be asked, 'Did I leave Boddicker in there too long?'
"But you could also say (in light of Stewart's walk and poor throw) that I maybe didn't leave him in there long enough.
"I'd rather get beat making moves than sit there on my hands, though. I didn't want to make a switch in the rain, number one. And I'm thinking Boddicker's gonna get out of it.
"What a crazy game this is."