Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/11/12
Few things sting quite like hitting a baseball on a 39-degree night. Fortunately for the Brewers, they seemed to hit the sweet spot during several at-bats Tuesday, belting deep flies at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Alex Gonzalez's three-run homer set an early tone, and the Brewers soundly defeated the Cubs, 7-4. Milwaukee ended the bitterly cold night with three especially timely extra-base hits. "Playing in cold weather, you just go out there and do the best you can, and forget about the cold," Gonzalez said, smiling, following the win. "But right now it's freezing." Along with Gonzalez, Jonathan Lucroy (2-for-4 with 2 RBI) and Carlos Gomez (2-for-5) had solid nights for the visitors. Milwaukee, 3-2 overall, bolted out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, highlighted by Gonzalez's longball to left -- his first home run as a Brewer. "I got a good swing on it, and I hit the ball to the other side of the fence," Gonzalez noted in a postgame TV interview on FOX Sports Wisconsin. In the third, Lucroy got into the act, lashing a solo homer to left-center. That handed the visitors a decisive, 6-0 lead. "You know, I've been trying to hit the ball hard somewhere and see what happens," Lucroy explained. "Tonight, I just tried to hit the ball hard, and it worked out." Prince Fielder's offseason departure via free agency will undoubtedly be felt this season. But, if the Brewers can get pop from a few somewhat unexpected sources, like Gonzalez and Lucroy -- the duo combined for 27 home runs in 2011 -- the reigning NL Central champions should be fine offensively. Manager Ron Roenicke also praised Gomez's plate-discipline Tuesday. "I always like Gomey there with a lefthander," said the manager, "because I think he's going to do a pretty good job. But, you know, with righthanders, too, he's having good at-bats against them. ... I like what he's doing." Warmth seemed to permeate the visitors' clubhouse late Tuesday, despite the raw weather outside. A major-league baseball season features countless ebbs and flows, with time spent toiling in heat waves, humidity, or even amidst intermittent rain. On Tuesday, Milwaukee toughed one out on a frigid night in which several Brewers wore ski masks. The weather was cold, but the Brewers' hitting was hot. Thus, there were few legitimate complaints afterward. "That's Wrigley Field, you know?" said Roenicke. "We did a nice job." Yes, on Tuesday Milwaukee's manager approved of his team's hitting, along with its toughness and personality -- even if one reporter suggested Lucroy looked like he were planning a robbery due to his dark ski mask. "I"m not robbing any gas stations tonight, I promise," Lucroy joked. "I'm just freezing cold right now."
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