"It's a nice thing to have him, whether it hitting behind [Aramis] Ramirez in the five-spot or behind [Carlos Gomez] in the six-spot," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Luc, I thought probably a week ago, had started having better at-bats."
Roenicke's eyebrows really raised on Friday, when Lucroy put the Brewers on the board with an RBI double high off the wall in the second inning, drove in another run with a single amid a four-run fourth and homered in the fifth and again ninth as part of a career-high five-hit performance.
"Jerry [Narron, the Brewers' bench coach] and I looked at each other and said, 'Wow, those are nice swings,'" Roenicke said. "There's a difference in him when you see that he's on time with everything; he's not fighting to put it in play. He's at that point right now. Hopefully, this will last for a while."
"It's been tough my first two months, battling it out, not really feeling that well, not really competing as well as I think I should," Lucroy said. "I wasn't striking out, I was having good at-bats, but the balls weren't finding holes and I wasn't hitting the ball as hard as I should when they miss some pitches. Here, this past week, I feel a lot better and hopefully I can continue it."
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