Lucroy does it all in four-hit game vs. Phillies
Catcher continues sensational stretch throwing out baserunners
PHILADELPHIA -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy continued a sensational stretch in the field and hoped he began one at the plate in Monday's 7-4 win over the Phillies.
Atoning for a run-scoring error in the first inning, Lucroy threw out another would-be basestealer as part of a strikeout-throwout double play to end the sixth and tallied a season-high four hits.
"That was kind of vintage Lucroy today," manager Craig Counsell said.
Lucroy has thrown out 10 of the last 20 runners who have attempted to steal. Limiting opponents' freedom on the baspaths has been a focus of Brewers coaches since before the team changed managers, Counsell said, and the results have been evident since Lucroy returned from a stint on the disabled list.
"'Luc deserves a bulk of the credit, for sure. A lot goes into it, though," Counsell said. "It's on the pitcher, [Bench coach] Jerry [Narron] is helping out with how we're controlling step-offs, holds, pickoffs, all to disrupt that runner's timing. And then Luc executing throws, and even [shortstop] Jean [Segura] has made some nice tags lately, too.
"We've had a couple games the past week, week and a half, where we've gotten an inning's worth of outs on the bases. That's important. That makes a difference. It gets your pitcher another inning, maybe. It squashes some rallies. It helps you win games."
At the plate, Lucroy remains a work in progress. He was off to a terrible start before spending more than five weeks on the DL with a fractured left big toe, and is hitting .279 (29-for-104) since returning to the lineup, with only one home run and 12 RBIs.
"I've been battling, dude," Lucroy said. "It's just been a battle. I've been lining out a lot. I looked at my numbers the other day and I calculated that if all of my lineouts would have fell, I would be hitting over .320. That's just the way it goes. I know the power numbers aren't there, but that will come."