Coming into Friday night’s action, the Milwaukee Brewers were on a six-game skid, but an offensive explosion led by catcher Jonathan Lucroy‘s five hits helped them get a 8-5 victory.
Lucroy went 5-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in. The glut of offense came against struggling Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels, who allowed 12 of the 14 Brewers hits on the night and six earned runs.
Lucroy’s numbers have been down a bit this season. His batting average was just .229, but it rose to .253 after Friday night’s game. He had just three home runs in 153 at-bats before tacking on two more tonight.
Although the team has to be happy with the win, it will still be a long road back to respectability. The Brewers are in last place in the National League Central, already 16 games behind the front-running St. Louis Cardinals. Chances are this team is in for a major overhaul as the trade deadline approaches.
Another cause for concern is the fact that Yovani Gallardo was pretty awful once again. It was the sixth straight outing that Gallardo didn’t even make it to the seventh inning. On Friday, he allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings. He is supposed to be the ace of the staff, and with that comes the expectation that he will go deeper into ballgames to give the bullpen a break.
Instead, the Brewers had to use four relievers on Friday to cover 3.1 innings — just another sign of how far the Brewers have slipped.