With some shuffling of the batting order and some timely hitting, the Milwaukee Brewers offense is back on track. Friday's win over the Chicago Cubs was no exception.
The Brewers bats have been hot lately. They've logged 10 or more hits in nine straight games.
Friday, the Brewers proved that their offense is no longer sputtering. Four players had three hits, and Ryan Braun smashed his first homer at Miller Park in over a year.
Keeping Jonathan Lucroy in the lineup is also working for the Brewers. With Aramis Ramirez shelved with an injury, versatile infielder Mark Reynolds is able to play third. That leaves first base open for either Lyle Overbay or Lucroy. With Lucroy's hot bat, it's no question to put him there.
Even backup catcher Martin Maldonado is surging. His three hits and two RBI proved that the Brewers' current lineup is one to keep.
Rickie Weeks, who is trying to prove himself that he can still play, has been on fire, creating a small 2nd base controversy. With Weeks' bat hot, Scooter Gennett might have to wait his turn.
Marco Estrada gave up three earned runs, but thanks to the Brewers' huge lead all game, there was no need to ever worry.
Wei-Chung Wang got a full inning of work. He gave up one hit and retired the others, striking out the final batter.
Thornburg labored a little in the 9th, giving up two runs, but settled in and finished the game.
The Brewers take on the Cubs again Saturday. They'll try to make it 10 games with 10 or more hits.