Lucroy fills in for Peralta's usual catcher
MILWAUKEE -- For the first time in 18 Wily Peralta starts, it was Jonathan Lucroy starting behind the dish Friday, with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke electing to break up the familiar battery of Peralta and catcher Martin Maldonado.
Maldonado's only five at-bats this season came in his lone start, Peralta's first start of the year, last Saturday in Boston. But Lucroy is one of several batters swinging a hot bat, entering Friday's series hitting .371 with a home run, six doubles and a .436 on-base percentage.
"We feel Wily's throwing well enough where he doesn't have to be paired up," Roenicke said. "We may go back to it, but right now we've got Luc in there. We'll mix it up a little bit this year, at least that's what we plan to do."
Peralta went 7-7 last year with a 3.05 ERA in his final 16 starts, all with Maldonado at catcher.