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Brewers value Lucroy's presence in eighth spot

Brewers value Lucroy's presence in eighth spot

Brewers value Lucroy's presence in eighth spot
LOS ANGELES -- Continuing to thrive in the eighth spot in the Brewers' batting order, Jonathan Lucroy has caught the attention of manager Ron Roenicke.

"He isn't a guy who chases balls out of the zone. He is up there very patient, which really suits that eight spot," Roenicke said. "Fortunately, we have had some people on base for him lately and he has got some huge hits for us."

Entering Monday's game against the Dodgers, Lucroy had a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-22 in that span. The catcher has even supplied power at the bottom of the lineup, hitting .329 with three home runs and 15s RBI this season.

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While Roenicke has contemplated moving Lucroy into the two-hole, he believes his role at the bottom of the order is too important to shake anything up.

"He is doing so well in that eight spot and really helping our offense that I would hate to do that," Roenicke said.

Lucroy, who was reinstated from the disabled list April 11 after fracturing his right pinkie finger, missed the first 10 games of the season.

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