Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run double in the sixth on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 in the win over the Cardinals.
Lucroy's bases-clearing double knocked Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright out of the game and ended up being the final margin, as the Brewers won 7-4. In addition to the three runs knocked in, Lucroy also scored twice. The fourth year player is having a fantastic season, especially for a catcher. July wasn't a kind month to Lucroy, as he slashed .207/.271/.414, but even if he continues to cool off from his current overall line of .308/.376/.495, he's still giving you production that rivals almost any catcher in the bigs.
Matt Holliday hit a solo home run and finished 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Brewers.
Holliday hit his home run off of winning pitcher Wily Peralta in the sixth inning. The dinger put him up to 56 RBI on the year. He's slashing .268/.371/.420. His home run numbers are down this year, but he's trending in the right direction, as he's hit four in his last nine games.
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4, including a two-RBI ninth inning triple, on Friday.
Carpenter picked up all three of his RBI in the late innings. He had a seventh inning RBI single, then hit his second triple of the year in the ninth to drive in two. Carpenter's late would-be heroics weren't enough to save the Cardinals' bacon, though, as the team lost 7-4. Carpenter's hitting .288/.383/.400 this season.
Paul Goldschmidt will be examined Saturday after getting hit in the hand by a pitch during Friday's game against the Pirates.
Goldschmidt was getting a rare night off, but he was called in to pinch-hit in the ninth and got plunked then. He still might be able to play Saturday.
Ryan Braun hit two doubles and knocked in two runs in Friday's 7-4 win over the Cardinals.
Braun finished the game 2-for-4. He hit a ground rule double to plate Jonathan Lucroy in the fifth and added another RBI double the next inning. He now has 63 RBI on the year to go with a slash of .289/.341/.510.
Paul Maholm was scheduled for an MRI after injuring his right knee Friday against the Cubs.
Maholm was injured awkwardly stepping on the bag as he went to cover first base. It sounds as though he's almost surely DL bound.
Wily Peralta pitched six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball and improved to 13-6 as the Brewers defeated the Cardinals on Friday.
Peralta's control was a little shakey, as he walked four to go with his three strikeouts, but he was otherwise solid. He allowed just five hits and did a good job of working efficiently despite the walks, as he had only thrown 97 pitches when he was taken out late in the seventh. The 25-year old holds a 3.52 ERA and a 13-6 record. He'll face the Giants in his next start.
Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits over seven innings in beating the Dodgers on Friday.
Hendricks only occasionally touches 90 mph on the gun, but he's been effective so far with his four-pitch mix, going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts. We still wouldn't consider him mixed-league material.