Corey Hart found his power stroke in dramatic fashion Monday night against the Nationals, hitting three home runs and adding another in his first at bat last night. His three home run night tied a franchise record, as did the seven RBI that came with it. The Brewers are firing on all cylinders right now and have won 12 of their last 15 games. They even managed to overcome a poor start by Chris Narveson (3.1 IP, 6 ER) by scoring two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings yesterday, the winning run coming from a two-run two-out single by Jonathan Lucroy.
I wrote about Lucroy's awesomeness back in February, and so far this year he's greatly exceeded my expectations. He's one of the hardest workers on the team, putting in the extra time needed to learn the craft of being a big league catcher, and he's been a strong performer at the plate since joining the team in April (.333, 5 HR, 22 RBI). Plain and simple, the guy is just awesome. We're lucky to have someone with the skills and smarts like him on our favorite team.
The Brewers have beaten up on some mediocre to average teams over this exciting stretch, and a more difficult stretch begins this weekend when they host the World Champion San Francisco Giants. They'll then return to Cincinnati with painful memories of opening weekend before a four game series in Florida. If they're going to compete in their division, they'll need to be able to win some of those games on the road.