Tagged: Reds

Braun now leads MLB in batting average

With 31 homers, 31 steals, 103 RBI, a MLB-best .336 average, and a NL-best SLG and OPS, Ryan Braun is the NL MVP.

With a 3-for-4 performance in Milwaukee’s 8-1 win over the Reds, Ryan Braun overtook Adrian Gonzalez for the highest batting average in all of baseball. Braunie is currently hitting .336, slightly ahead of Adrian’s .333. The victory shrunk Milwaukee’s Magic Number to four. The Cardinals play tonight, so stay tuned because we may be sitting at three when you awake tomorrow morning.

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Braun reaches 30-30 as Brewers eliminate Reds

Go ahead and say what you'd like about everyone else, but Ryan Braun is the National League's Most Valuable Player.

Ryan Braun solidified his case for NL MVP (if he hadn’t already) with a two home run performance during a Friday night win in Cincinnati. The two blasts made Braun the second Brewer to accumulate 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season, the first being Tommy Harper in 1970. “I’m really proud,” said Braun. “There’s a reason it’s only been done one other time in franchise history. It’s a hard thing to do.” The Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3, eliminating them from playoff contention, while the Brewers shrunk their Magic Number to 7.

Oh yeah, Wolf got the win to improve to 13-9, Prince went deep for his 33rd, Kotsay and Kottaras also went yard, and Axford picked up his 43rd save (40th in a row).

Here are Braun’s numbers and National League rank in each category.

AVG: .330 (2nd)

OBP: .396 (4th)

SLG: .590 (1st)

OPS: .986 (1st)

HR: 30 (T-8th)

RBI: 99 (5th)

R: 100 (T-1st)

SB: 31 (T-7th)

MVP: YES

Greinke looks to end Brewers road woes

Zack Greinke enters tonight’s game with an uncharacteristically high 5.79 ERA (his career ERA sits at a solid 3.87), despite an outstanding 39-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’ll look to shut down the Cincinnati bats, especially Jay Bruce – who leads the NL in both homers (16) and runs batted in (43). Let’s take a look at the starting lineups for game #55 (in parenthesis are each players batting average, home runs, and RBI).

Milwaukee Brewers (29-25)

2B Rickie Weeks (.282/9/21)

RF Corey Hart (.266/4/10)

LF Ryan Braun (.318/12/39)

1B Prince Fielder (.291/11/42)

3B Casey McGehee (.251/4/23)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.312/5/24)

SS Yuniesky Betancourt (.225/3/18)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.341/0/3)

P Zack Greinke (.250/1/1)

Cincinnati Reds (28-27)

CF Drew Stubbs (.254/7/23)

2B Brandon Phillips (.300/5/30)

1B Joey Votto (.330/6/30)

RF Jay Bruce (.294/16/43)

3B Scott Rolen (.254/2/18)

LF Jonny Gomes (.194/7/20)

SS Edgar Renteria (.231/0/10)

C Ramon Hernandez (.307/7/17)

P Chad Reineke (-/-/-)

As always… Go Brewers!

19 innings, 600 pitches, 6 hours, 1 winner

At 7:05 PM ET last night, Roy Halladay toed the rubber at Citizens Bank Park to face the Cincinnati Reds for the first time since he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history against them in last years NLDS. Six hours and eleven minutes later, in the bottom half of the 19th inning, Raul Ibanez capped a magical night that will go down in Philadelphia lore by smacking the 600th pitch of the game into deep center field, allowing Jimmy Rollins to tag up from third and score the winning run, giving the Phillies a 5-4 victory. However at the conclusion of the game, Halladay wasn’t the Phillies pitcher garnering all of the attention; instead, it was journeyman infielder Wilson Valdez, who moved over from second base to pitch for the first time in his professional baseball career (majors or minors). After being proactive and convincing his skipper that he could indeed do it, Valdez entered the game in the top of the 19th and immediately retired the NL’s reigning MVP, Joey Votto. After hitting Scott Rolen with his next offer, Valdez stepped off the mound and went to the rosin bag, looking like a seasoned closer. After shaking off his catcher, Valdez went on to retire the side – getting Reds slugger Jay Bruce to fly out and reliever Carlos Fisher to pop out. That’s right, in the top of the 19th inning, a second baseman was pitching to a middle relief pitcher. That’s why I love baseball. Valdez strolled off the mound to a roaring ovation from the Philly Faithful, and immediately wrapped his arm in a towel to keep it warm, again looking like he’d done this before. Thanks to Ibanez’s sac-fly in the bottom of the 19th, Valdez became the first position player to win a ballgame in eleven years, according to STATS LLC. Finally, at 1:19 AM ET, the Philly fans were able to rejoice in the W. Phil’s manager Charlie Manuel’s bold move paid off, but you can’t exactly blame Reds skipper Dusty Baker for not going to a position player to pitch. The last time he did that, shortstop Paul Janish got knocked around to the tune of five earned runs – at the hand of the Milwaukee Brewers.

BTW: The last player to start a game in the field and end up as the winning pitcher… Babe Ruth.