Ryan Braun was 3-4 and missed a cycle by a triple as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-3. Braun scored one run and drove in two. His 20 home runs (he’s had three in his last four games) leads the NL. The Baseball Musings blog made an interesting observation: Braun has come one one hit short of a cycle four times since the start of the 2011 season. The latest All-Start voting has Braun edged out for the third outfield spot.
Just as an aside: with all the attention paid to Braun because of his (overturned) suspension and the recent Roger Clemens decision (more on that in a subsequent entry), and said totally with tongue in cheek — why hasn’t there been any eyebrows raised over the resurrection of R.A. Dickey‘s career? I mean, here’s a 37-year-old journeyman pitcher — a knuckleballer, no less — who prior to this season was 41-50 over nine years. Now, all of a sudden, he’s having a historic season. And no one is suspicious?
Kevin Youkilis played third base in the Red Sox’s 15-5 mashing of the visiting Miami Marlins. Batting seventh, he was 2-3 (single, double) with a walk and a run scored. He came out of the game for pinch-runner in the sixth. Trade rumors continue and continue. Ryan Kalish, batting second and playing centerfield, was 2-5 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Craig Breslow gave up one hit in one inning of scoreless relief as the Arizona Diamondbacks outslugged the visiting Seattle Mariners, 14-10.
Ian Kinsler was 0-4 with a walk, scored one run, stole two bases, and committed an error as the Texas Rangers completed their sweep over the host San Diego Padres, 4-2. Kinsler leads the AL in runs scored and is fourth in stolen bases. He also leads the league’s All-Star voting for second basemen. Neither Scott Feldman nor Jason Marquis appeared in the game.
Ike Davis took another “oh-fer,” going hitless in four at bats, but he drove in an important run, as the Mets barely held off the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 4-3. After a nine-game hitting streak, Davis is just 1-10 over the last three games.