Crew Warming, McGehee Struggling

McGehee has been scuffling.

The Brewers' offense had a big weekend in Cincinnati, breaking loose for 24 runs in the three-game sweep of the Reds, which they completed Sunday with an 8-1 win.

Third baseman Casey McGehee was unable to join in the fun, however, going 0-for-10 in the series. That lost weekend extended his skid to three hits in his last 38 at-bats (.079), dropping his overall average to .228.

Despite that drought, manager Ron Roenicke said he doesn't believe McGehee needs to sit out some games.

"It's frustrating to (McGehee)," Roenicke said, "because he feels good and his swing is good. And I agree. I really like his swing. That's why it's surprising that he's being inconsistent with what's going on.

"Four or five days ago, he had a game where he had five great at-bats, squared up four balls. I was expecting to get him going the next day and the day after. I'm still seeing real good swings from him. I don't think it'll take much to get back in it."

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy also has been in an extended slump with only one hit in his last 28 at-bats. Roenicke said it's up to both players to stay positive and not give in to pitchers by swinging at offerings out of the strike zone.

"With Casey, I think some of it's getting out of the zone more than he had before," Roenicke said.

"You get yourself in hitting counts and all of a sudden you chase one out of the zone. You can't do that. You've got stay with your game plan and attack that one mistake.

"I look more at individual at-bats than overall numbers. You don't know when it's going to turn around. As long as you're having some good at-bats, I'm not that concerned about it. To be patient is really important in this game."

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