Sometimes things just need to click in baseball and last night for Jonathan Lucroy it did in a big way.
He smashed a lead-off home run at the bottom of the ninth to provide a 4-3 victory for Milwaukee Brewers over Cincinnati Reds in a tightly fought contest.
Returning to the Brewers side after playing in his first All-Star game, Lucroy had been low on confidence and form over the past month.
But yesterday he grabbed his 10th and 11th home runs of the season and made a statement to the rest of the MLB: he's back.
The first homer of the night came in the sixth inning off Homer Bailey to left-centre field and it gave a warning of what was to come.
With the game tied at 3-3 Lucroy stepped up to the plate with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and simply let loose on Sam LeCure.
He connected like he used to earlier in the season and sent the ball sailing down the line on left field.
Getting it right
And how. Before his pair of homers, Lucroy’s batting average had fallen to just .200 in his last 25 games.
The two home runs stopped his season average slide which began at .341 on June 18 and it now rests at .310 with 48 runs (including the 11 homers) and 47 RBIs.
Done it before
According to cbssports.com, it was Lucroy’s second career walk-off homer and secured the Brewers first series win over the Reds in six attempts, with Milwaukee leading the three-game series 2-0.
One team’s joy is often followed by another’s despair. The Reds have lost all five games since they returned from the All-Star break.
Their slide has seen them fall of the pace in the National League Central division.
Before their poor run they were just 1.5 games behind Milwaukee but are now 4.5 games down on the leaders and sinking out of contention for a wildcard in fourth place.