Jonathan Lucroy has picked up right where he left off prior to the All-Star Break, continuing to swing a hot bat.
Considering Lucroy’s current run - as well as Wily Peralta’s on the mound - the Milwaukee Brewers have to like their chances of completing a home sweep of the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
After a 2-0 win in Friday’s opener, Lucroy went 4 for 4 in a 6-0 victory Saturday, doubling and hitting his 14th home run. He’s now 15 for 33 with six homers and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.
Lucroy’s four-hit game was his third of the season. He had not recorded a four-hit performance over 307 career games entering this year.
“It’s just a matter of putting the work in,” Lucroy said. “I’m trying to stay within myself and find an approach that works. I’m pretty much keeping it simple.”
The Brewers (40-56) hope Peralta can follow the lead of Yovani Gallardo, who threw 6 1-3 strong innings Saturday. Peralta (7-9, 4.61 ERA) appears up to the task after going 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA over his last five starts.
After recording his first career shutout against the Reds on July 9, Peralta struck out a career-high eight while holding Arizona to one run over seven innings in a 5-1 road win last Sunday.
The right-hander has limited opponents to four earned runs over his last 33 1-3 innings, including three scoreless outings.
“I started the season slow, and the last four or five outings I’ve had better rhythm,” Peralta told the team’s official website. “I’m not falling behind hitters, and I’m throwing first-pitch strikes. I think that’s been the difference.”
Peralta toes the rubber against a Marlins (35-60) offense that continues to struggle, totaling 30 runs during a 3-8 stretch. Aug. 12-14 marked the only time in the franchise’s 21-year history it has been shut out in three straight games as Miami was blanked once by the Dodgers and twice by Philadelphia.
“I thought we came out flat these first two games, especially offensively,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We’re getting completely shut down. We’re not getting guys on base and we’re not getting big hits.”
Adeiny Hechavarria continues to seemingly be immune to Miami’s collective woes, going 25 for 58 (.431) while hitting safely in 14 of his last 15 contests.
Scheduled starter Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.58) tries to pick up the Marlins’ offense after giving up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 5-2 loss to Washington last Sunday. Alvarez yielded six runs and 11 hits over four innings in his only game against Milwaukee, a 7-6 road loss with Toronto on June 18, 2012.
Ryan Braun drove in two runs with a first-inning double Saturday, then went hitless in three more at-bats with two strikeouts.
Peralta gave up three runs over six innings in both of his starts against the Marlins, winning 8-5 on Sept. 5, and not recording a decision in a 5-4 loss in Miami on June 11.
Milwaukee has won 13 of the last 16 meetings at Miller Park.