What is going on with all these home runs? Not that any JML fan will be complaining…
On Friday, Ryan Braun had two in four at bats — one for three runs to start the scoring in the first, the other for two to make it 11-0; both came with two outs — as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers beat up Gabe Kapler‘s slumping Philadelphia Phillies, 12-4. According to Statcast, the second was the hardest ball Braun has hit in three years, leaving the ballpark at 112.9 MPH. Amazing what they can keep track of these days, isn’t it? Braun — who now has eight home runs — was 4-for-8 in the two other games, including his 11th double and first triple, with an RBI in each game on Saturday (a 12-3 win) and Sunday (a 4-3 loss. This one was deemed the “Badger Mutual Insurance RBI of the Game”). His good play carried over to the field with plays like the one below on Sunday. The Brewers are 39-26, first in the NL Central with the best record in the league. The Phillies, who have lost seven of their last 10, are 33-30, third in the NL East.
Also on Friday, Kevin Pillar hit his sixth of the year and third in his last seven games, a solo shot in the eighth that gave the host Toronto Blue Jays (30-35, third in the AL East) the final run in a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles (19-44, last in the division). Two days later he hit #7 (solo) as the Jays crushed, 13-3. He also singled, scored another run, and drove in another. In the in-between game on Saturday, Pillar was 2-for-5 in a 4-3, 10-inning win.
Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game; 2-for-4 with a walk in the second game; and did not play in the finale due to illnes. Richard Bleier retired the one batter he faced for the weekend in the Saturday O’s win.
Also on Friday, Alex Bregman hit his eighth and second in his last seven games, a solo shot in the Houston Astros’ 7-3 win over the host Texas Rangers. He had a double (#20) the next day in a 4-3 win and his first triple on Sunday’s 8-7 controversial victory on a “retroactive balk,” so he missed a “cycle” for the weekend by a lousy single. The Astros are 42-25, tied with the Seattle Mariners for the top spot in the AL West.
Also on Friday, Ian Kinsler‘s seventh homer — into the second deck and good for two runs in the seventh inning — gave the visiting LA Angels the cushion they needed in their 4-2 win over the host Minnesota Twins on Prince Night. His eighth home run — and fifth so far in June — came the next day to give the Angels their first run in a 2-1 win, their sixth straight. On Sunday, he “rested” with just three singles and two runs scored in a 7-5 loss. The Angels are 37-29, third in the AL West.
And finally — also on Friday — Joc Pederson launched lucky #7 — his sixth in June — as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 7-3. He had a double in Saturday’s 5-3 loss and did not appear in Sunday’s 7-2 win. The Dodgers are 33-32, second in the NL West.
I’ve consulted with my experts, and the consensus is that Friday accounted for the most home runs by different Jews on a single day, as well as the most in total. Mazel tov, boychicks.