D-backs' Kennedy says Lucroy 'can't really hit'

D-backs' Kennedy says Lucroy 'can't really hit'

D-backs' Kennedy says Lucroy 'can't really hit'
MILWAUKEE -- D-backs ace Ian Kennedy provided some bulletin board fodder after his loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday, calling second-year Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy "a guy who can't really hit."

Kennedy had been asked about Lucroy's bloop RBI single in the sixth inning, which came with Yuniesky Betancourt at third base after a triple, two outs and pitcher Yovani Gallardo on deck. Did Kennedy consider intentionally walking Lucroy to face the Brewers' pitcher instead?

"Not at all," Kennedy said. "I made my pitch and he placed it just right. Had him 1-and-2, there's no thought [of a walk]. There was a guy who can't really hit, and Gallardo can swing it a little bit, so there was no thought at all, for me at least."

Lucroy was aware of the slight on Sunday morning, but had little to say about it. Asked for his reaction, Lucroy literally waved off the question and walked up the tunnel to the Brewers' clubhouse.

Lucroy, 25 and the Brewers' third-round Draft pick in 2007, batted .265 in his first full Major League season with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs. He was batting better than .280 as late as Aug. 28, but finished the season in a 12-for-70 (.171) funk that spanned his final 20 starts and included only six RBIs.

If the Brewers were talking about Kennedy's comment on Sunday morning, manager Ron Roenicke would not let on.

"I haven't heard anything," Roenicke said. "I didn't see it. 'Luc' had a nice offensive year this year. I think if you watch him and what he's done, Luc's a good offensive catcher."