MILWAUKEE – Jonathan Lucroy’s first game-ending hit in his career at any level went all of about 25 feet.
Lucroy’s pinch-hit, bases-loaded suicide squeeze scored Ryan Braun with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a wild 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
“I’ve had go-ahead hits in the eighth and stuff, but I’ve never had a walk-off, winning hit like that,” Lucroy said. “Never in college, nothing. I’m glad it worked out for us today.”
Lucroy’s well-executed bunt was out of the reach of pitcher Guillermo Mota. Braun easily scored and Lucroy began pumping his fists halfway down the line.
“I’m not that good a bunter,” the second-year catcher said. “I saw him kind of give up on it, and I just started yelling and screaming. I hit first base, then I started getting punched in the kidneys by somebody. It was a fun time.”
Milwaukee is 7-1 on this homestand and 20-7 overall at Miller Park this season, the best home mark in the National League. The Brewers have won 14 of 18, and in different ways – none weirder than this one.
“I like games like that,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was an outfielder for the Mariners in 1983. “Hopefully we’re in a position where we can do that a few times.”
It ended the Giants’ five-game winning streak at Miller Park.
“He hasn’t put a bunt down all year and he’s hitting three-something (.333),” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Once you get behind, there’s not much you can do. They executed. That was the game there.”
Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez made it 1-0 in the first after an inside-the-park homer on a sharp grounder to right.
Cody Ross, in right field, had taken a poor angle to the ball and it rolled under his glove to the wall while Gomez sped around the bases.
“What happened was I went down to go get it and I whiffed, and it got by me. Error. That’s it,” said Ross, who wasn’t given an error on the play.