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What We Learned: Jonathan Lucroy returns to the lineup

The Brewers starting catcher made his return to the lineup yesterday. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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After spending over a month on the disabled list, the Brewers finally have their starting catcher back. Jonathan Lucroy was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to yesterday's game and placed right back in the starting lineup batting second. As a corresponding move, the Brewers optioned Juan Centeno back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Centeno had just been backup while Lucroy was out, and wasn't needed anymore with Lucroy's return.

Lucroy didn't have a good day in his return, going 0-for-4 at the plate (but very few Brewers had good days at the plate yesterday, so don't hold that against him). However, having him return to the lineup should be a big boost. Once his bat gets going, it will help support a lineup that can use the offense, and his abilities as a catcher may help stabilize some of the struggling pitchers. It's a big boost to a lineup that really needs one.

Yesterday's Results

Brewers 1, Cardinals 0

It's not often that the Brewers can win a game where they score only one run, especially considering how their pitching staff has been in recent years. However, last night the pitching staff came through when the offense couldn't. The one run scored came on a Carlos Gomez RBI single in the first inning. After that, it was a battle of the pitchers.  Mike Fiers pitched six innings and Jaime Garcia pitched seven, with Garcia being the better pitcher after the first, but Fiers not relenting either. The Brewers bullpen pitched the last three innings, and despite some close calls, held the Cardinals in check and got the win.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 20-30 Colorado Springs 5, Sacramento 3 Fresno @ Colorado Springs
Biloxi Shuckers AA 30-20 Birmingham 10, Biloxi 0 Biloxi @ Birmingham
Brevard County Manatees A+ 22-28 Lakeland 4, Brevard County 1 Brevard County @ Daytona
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 15-37 Beloit 8, Wisconsin 1 OFF
DSL Brewers R 0-2 DSL Red Sox2 8, DSL Brewers 1
DSL Red Sox2 6, DSL Brewers 5
DSL Rangers2 @ DSL Brewers

News & Notes

  • In his Minor Details blog, Jeff Levering discusses some of the recent roster moves the Brewers made and provides an update on the Brewers minor league teams.
  • Shortstop Orlando Arcia was named player of the week in the Southern League. He had ten hits (six for extra-bases), six runs scored, and five RBI in the week.
NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 33 18
Cubs 27 22
Pirates 27 24
Reds 22 27
Brewers 18 34
  • Cubs 5, Marlins 1
  • Pirates 4, Giants 3
  • Reds had the day off.

Today's Division Games

  • Reds (Johnny Cueto) @ Phillies (Sean O'Sullivan) - 6:05 pm
  • Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Marlins (Brad Hand) - 6:10 pm
  • Pirates (AJ Burnett) @ Giants (Chris Heston) - 9:15 pm
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Today's Action

The Brewers continue their series against the Cardinals this evening. Tyler Cravy will make his major-league debut today for the Brewers, and opposing him will be Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. First pitch is at 7:15 pm.