A mere seven days ago, the Milwaukee Brewers sat at 2-8 on the young season and were staring at a sweep from the St. Louis Cardinals. Some late inning heroics including a two run home run by Ryan Braun, a game tying double in the ninth from Yuniesky Betancourt and the go ahead homer from Jonathan Lucroy in the tenth saved the Brewers and notched them just their third victory of the year.
This would be the start of great things to come for the Brewers, as they enter this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs trying to push their winning streak to seven games and sit above .500 for the first time since opening day.
The key to this recent success has been the use of the long ball. Before the streak started the Brewers had only been able to hit five home runs in the first ten games of the year. During their six-game winning streak they have hit a total of 12 home runs, tied for most in the league in the past week.
There have been many players contributing to the Brewers power surge. Braun and Lucroy have three homers each during the streak, and Carlos Gomez and Betancourt have each launched two.
Lucroy has really picked his game up; raising his average from .167 to .259 during the streak, hitting all three of his season’s home runs and driving in seven of his ten runs.
The Brewers have already taken the first two games of the series against the Cubs and will send Willy Peralta to the mound looking for the sweep. The Cubs will counter with Scott Feldman, who has drawn the tough task of trying to cool off these hot Brewers bats.
If they can squeak out of here with a victory, the Brewers will take a seven game winning streak out west to face the San Diego Padres on Monday. In order to win this afternoon, a steady dose of the long ball will need to be in order once again.