Lucroy’s first career hit against Chapman a walk-off homer
The flame-throwing Cincinnati closer has not only had success against Lucroy, but he’s dominated the Milwaukee Brewers since he came to the big leagues in 2010.
After fouling off three fastballs at 99 mph, Lucroy crushed a hanging slider for his first career walk-off home run, giving the Brewers a 7-6 victory over the Reds.
Friday night’s win was four years in the making for Lucroy and the Brewers. They remember back to 2012 when Chapman somersaulted after recording a save against them, and they certainly know how they’ve struggled against him.
Prior to Lucroy’s two-run blast Friday, the Brewers had scored just one run against Chapman in the 21 innings he had thrown against them.
“I remember I was his first very first AB in the big leagues,” Lucroy said. “He was throwing 105 (mph) because he was all excited. That wasn’t cool.”
Pitching for the fifth time in six days, Chapman’s velocity was down just a couple of miles per hour. Jean Segura started the ninth inning by beating out an infield single, allowing Lucroy’s homer to win the game and give Chapman his fifth blown save of the season.
“What a great at-bat,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “Great at-bat by Seggy to get on base. You don’t expect to win when he is coming into the ballgame.
“The stuff is ridiculous. He wasn’t 100 today, he was a little down from that. He has such electric stuff. If he puts it in a good area you can’t really put a good swing on it.”
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