Friday, September 16, 2011

Braun, Brewers Mash Cincy Behind Flurry of Homers

Braun went deep twice in the ball game
Milwaukee (88-63) continued their march toward the playoffs on Friday, this time rolling over Cincinnati (74-77) 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. They used a barrage of five homers in doing so.

Here's the good, the bad and the notable from the intradivision contest:

The Good:
-Reigning NL MVP Joey Votto laced three singles and drove in three runs -- which now puts him a mere two RBI shy of 100 for the season.
-Brandon Phillips collected a pair of singles himself.
-Todd Frazier came off the bench and delivered a pinch-hit single in the eighth -- he would later come around to score in the inning.
-Despite the defeat the Reds still lead the season series over the Brew Crew 8-6.

The Bad:
-The loss ended a streak of five consecutive victories on Friday's.
-Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs including four homers. He's now served a MLB-leading and club--record 44 jacks in 2011.
-The Redlegs didn't draw a single base-on-balls.
-Cincy's 4-6 hitters combined to go 0 for 11 with two K's and a GIDP.
-The Reds were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Notable:
-Ryan Braun became only the second player in Brewers franchise history to accumulate 30 steals and 30 homers in a single season....the other was Tommy Harper (31 HR, 38 SB) in 1970.

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