Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. In the last few games, Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy has started to break out of his slump that saw his average fall fast. In the second bit of news, the Brewers (21-34) lost to the Philadelphia Phillies (27-30) yesterday.
In the past week, Lucroy is hitting an impressive .462 with three homers, six RBIs and has scored six runs. In the midst of what seems to be a very down season for the Brewers, Lucroy’s bat has helped the Brewers as they took two out of three against the Phillies this past weekend.
“It’s been tough my first two months, battling it out, not really feeling that well, not really competing as well as I think I should,” Lucroy said – via Brewers.com
Lucroy hit three home runs in the series with the Phillies, two of which came in Friday night’s game. Going forward, Lucroy hopes to continue his hot streak at the plate, especially once teammate Corey Hart comes back from the disabled list.
Yesterday afternoon the Brewers lost to the Phillies 7-5. Mike Fiers started for Milwaukee and did not do well, picking up his fourth loss of the season. Fiers allowed seven runs (five earned) in only 1 1/2 innings pitched while giving up seven hits, one walk and struck out one. The bullpen consisting of Alfredo Figaro, Tom Gorzelanny and Burke Badenhop pitched 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, only allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Brewers didn’t score until the 8th inning when they were down 7-0. Norichika Aoki hit a single that scored Rickie Weeks to get the ball rolling. Soon after Aoki’s at-bat, the bases were loaded for Lucroy who hit what was initially ruled a grand slam, but changed to a three-run triple scoring Aoki, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez. In the 9th inning Jeff Bianchi hit a single scoring Alex Gonzalez.
Today the Brewers head home to start a three game series with the Oakland Athletics at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Marco Estrada (4-3, 4.96 ERA) for Milwaukee and Tommy Milone (5-5, 4.04 ERA) for Oakland.