Milwaukee Brewers left field Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 7 RBIs last night in Milwaukee’s 15-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There were plenty of boos thrown Braun’s way as a result of his big night. Braun of course led the Brewers past the Arizona Diamondbacks in five games in the 2011 National League Division series by batting .500/.571/.889 with 1 homer and 4 RBIs in the series.
“It’s a non-factor for me,” Braun said of the boos coming from the Arizona crowd. “Regardless of the reception I’m doing my best to compete as hard as I can and try my best. I feel pretty good. Even my outs are hit hard.”
Braun’s seven RBI performance marked the second time in his career that he seven RBIs in one game, and he also became the second player in Brewers franchise to have two or more games with seven-plus RBIs. Braun is the first Brewer with seven RBI’s in a game since Aaron Hill did so (now with the Boston Red Sox).
“They were both impressive homers but the first one was the hit of the game for us,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Braun’s performance.
The first home run for Braun, which was his 17th on the season, was off of Evan Marshall, who Braun has a bit of history with.
Back in 2014, many believe Marshall intentionally hit Ryan Braun with the pitch to load the bases, and was cheered by his teammates and fans after he was ejected from the game. Arizona then brought in Brad Ziegler, who gave up a grand slam to Jonathan Lucroy.
”After they smoke our guy, they bring in their closer, the first pitch he sees he hits a grand slam. There’s no way an at-bat can get bigger than that,” then Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said about the incident.
It was a very productive night for the entire Brewers team. Third baseman Jonathan Villar had his first career four-hit game, shortstop Orlando Arcia recorded his first multi-hit game, and center fielder Keon Broxton went 5-for-5 while Matt Garza pitched 6 1/3 allowing just two earned runs and three hits.
“Just making pitches. Making them hit pitches that they weren’t comfortable hitting and that’s it,” Garza said.
Braun is now batting .324/.389/.546 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs to go with 13 stolen bases this season.
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