JML update, Weekend edition (games of Aug. 12-14, 2016)

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

The excessive heat may have caused some power shortages around the country, but it didn’t affect a couple of the MOT.

For the second time this month Ryan Braun drove in six runs in a single game (actually it was seven in a 15-9 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6). Yesterday he drove in six of the Milwaukee Brewers’ runs in their 7-3 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Braun hit two home runs — a day after hitting one in an 11-5 loss — and a double, bring his season totals to 22 round-trippers and 65 RBI. Not bad considering he’s missed 20 games in 2016. And if that wasn’t enough, he also made this nice catch. His 20th came on Saturday in an 11-5 loss that saw the Reds score eight runs in the sixth inning.

Joc Pederson also homered on both Saturday (below)– a two-run opposite-field shot to give his LA Dodgers their last two runs in an 8-4 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates — and Sunday , in an 11-3 loss. That brings his number up to 18.

kinsler-dugout.jpgDetroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler managed just one long ball — his 22nd home run yesterday in a 7-0 win over the host Texas Rangers. (Take that, Texas!) That ties him with Braun for the led among JML.

And while we’re at it, can we get a little love for Tigers manager Brad Ausmus? He always seems to be on the hot seat but he’s got his team in second place in the AL Central, a manageable five games behind the Cleveland Indians.

Alex Bregman was 3-11 with two runs scored and his fifth double as the Houston Astros dropped to of three to the host Toronto Blue Jays. Scott Feldman appeared in Friday’s game for the Jays and it wasn’t an easy ride. After retiring the first two batters in the ninth, he gave up two infield hits and walked a batter to load the bases. He extricated himself by inducing a force out to end the threat without a run. Kevin Pillar remains on the disabled list for Toronto.

Danny Valencia started two of the three games for the Oakland A’s against the Seattle Mariners, going 3-8 with a run scored and an RBI. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the middle contest as the A’s lost two of three.

The New York Yankees sent relief pitcher Richard Bleier back to the minors last week. The 29-year-old made his debut on May 30 of this year. He threw 13.1 innings, giving up 17 hits, allowing five earned runs without a decision.


You’re never to old to learn. It’s back to school for Kevin Youkilis.

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