Ryan Braun almost had an inside the park home run, but tripped between third and home and was tagged out. Fortunately, he didn’t hurt himself. He also had a single, drove ina run, and stolen his 31st base. Braun hit .369 in August (38-103, the second highest in the NL for batters with more than 100 ABs), with 10 doubles, two triples, and relatively low four home runs. He scored 24, drove in 18, walked 12 times, and stole 12 bases. On the season, Braun ranks first in the NL in runs scored (92), slugging (.592), and OPS (.995); second in batting (.333); fifth in RBIs (89); and sixth in stone bases (31).
Ian Kinsler took another oh-fer in four at bats as the Rangers lost to the Rays, 4-1. He has just one hit in his last 16 trips to the plate (one walk), to continue his very streaky season. Kinsler batted .233 in August but half almost half of his 27 hits went for extra bases (seven doubles, five hoemrs). he also scored 20 runs and drove in 19, which isn’t too bad at all.
Danny Valencia was 0-3 with a walk in the Twins’ 7-6 win over the White Sox. For the month of August, Valencia batted .292 (26-89) but had just two home runs and five runs batted in.
Sam Fuld did not appear in the Rays-Rangers game. He got into only 14 games in August, often as a defensive replacement or pinch-hitter. He batted a respectable .296 (6-27), including two doubles and a triple with nine walks, but just one stolen base, which makes sense since he usually came in late in the game.
Craig Breslow allowed one hit in one inning of relief as the A’s lost to the Indians, 4-3 in 16 innings. Breslow appeared in 10 games in August, giving up six runs for a high ERA of 5.87.
John Grabow retired the only two batters he faced in the Cubs’ 4-0 loss to the Giants. He appeared in nine games last month, totaling 11.1 innings in which he gave up 11 hits, four earned runs, struck out eight, and walked four.
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Scott Feldman did not appear in the Rangers-Rays game. he pitched four times in relief and made one start in August, picking up his first win since last September. Overall for the month, he pitched 19 innings, giving up six runs (2.84 ERA) on 14 hits while striking out 14 .
Michael Schwimer was sent down to AAA Leigh after his Tuesday outing. He’s expected to return shortly. While with the Phillies, he appeared in three games — all in relief — in which he pitched five innings, alowing two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
Josh Satin will join the Mets today.