Rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit his first major league homerun and collected his first three big league RBIs with a blast into the Brewers’ bullpen in the third inning. The homerun tied the game and gave the Brewers a lot of momentum as the both the fans and the dugout erupted in cheers. Carlos Gomez hit the very next pitch out of the park, in the middle of Lucroy’s curtain call, and the route was on.
After struggling a bit early, Dave Bush rebounded to give up just three runs over six innings. Carlos Villanueva, Kameron Loe and Trevor Hoffman each pitched scoreless innings to preserve the victory.
Lucroy added a double to deep left field in the eighth inning, which prompted Brewers’ announcer Bill Schroeder (here and forever after “Rock”) to say, “Jonathan getting’ out the whooping stick tonight.” Lucroy has been a real bright spot for the Brewers since being called up in May. Just 24 years old, Lucroy was expected to spend the entire season in Triple A but because of Greg Zaun’s injury and Angel Salome’s mental struggles (I’m not making that up), Lucroy got the call. Because he can actually throw runners out, he quickly replaced George Kottaras as the Brewers starter. I’m a fan.
It was the fifth win in a row for the Brewers, who are in a make it or break it part of their schedule. They are in the middle of a nine-game home stand and have Seattle, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Pittsburg on the schedule before the All-Star break. (St. Louis is on the road but then they are back home for the Giants and Bucs’ series.) The Brewers are now 33-40 and 7.5 games back of Cincinnati. St. Louis is a half game back of the Reds.
In an effort to be as supportive as possible for the drive to .500, I’m heading to Milwaukee today. Yep, I’ll be blogging from Miller Park with a beer in my hand, which is different than blogging from home with a beer in my hands. The beer will be a lot more expensive. I’m so excited I can’t sleep which is why I was up at 5:45 a.m. I’m the kind of person who is more likely to go to bed at that time. Go Brewers!
Brewers 8, Mariners 3
Game played 6-25-10