HOUSTON -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy started 114 games behind the plate for the Brewers during their National League Central-championship season last year. He was surprised to learn that the Brewers entered Wednesday's game with the same record (16-20) at this time last year.
"It doesn't feel the same, no," Lucroy said. "Hopefully, with that game last night [8-0 win against the Mets], we can get some momentum going today and tomorrow and the rest of the season."
Lucroy entered Wednesday's game hitting .323 as a catcher, which is second in the NL at the position, behind only Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz (.337). He said he's looking for the team to gain the consistency it had last year.
"We've definitely hit our tough times," he said. "If anything, I'm glad we hit them early. Hopefully we continue to battle this adversity and keep winning some ballgames and kind of meld together as a team and keep moving forward.
"I think that's what we did last year. We were more consistent, but this year we are definitely trying to find that consistency, and I think we will."
After career day, Ishikawa back in lineup
HOUSTON -- Travis Ishikawa would like to be an everyday player. The numbers over his 10 starts this season present a strong case for it. He was in the starting lineup for the Brewers on Wednesday against the Astros, hitting in the seventh spot and playing first base.
In his 10 previous starts this season, Ishikawa hit .364 (12-for-33) with four homers and 11 RBIs. That includes his first career multihomer game as well as a career-high five RBIs on Tuesday.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that matchups are the key to his decision.
"I think, obviously, I should put Ishikawa back out there tonight, but I think the matchup is pretty good there, too," Roenicke said. "He's faced [Houston starter Bud Norris] before. He's got a homer off of him.
"If he was 0-for-8 against him with four punch outs, I probably wouldn't have him in. It's not necessarily fair to him, but that's the matchup that I see."
Milwaukee's veteran first baseman has learned to relax at the plate in whatever role he's called upon to play.
"I think a lot of it is just maturity, being in this game for so long now and knowing how the game works, finally understanding that you can't get a hit every time you go up to the plate even though you want to," Ishikawa said.
"Baseball is just a funny game that way, where you can be 0-for-whatever but you get that one hit to break that slump could be a game-winner and everything's great. You've got to keep that in perspective -- that any moment it'll switch for you just like that."
Ryan Braun leads the National League with nine homers since April 21. St. Louis' Carlos Beltran and the Cubs' Bryan LaHair are next with eight each.
The Brewers have won 57 consecutive games when leading into the eighth inning. The last time the team lost such a game was July 4, 2011 vs. Arizona.
Brewers starters have produced seven consecutive quality starts while posting a 1.37 ERA and holding opponents to a .160 batting average.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.