Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun had gone 0 for 7 at the plate in
previous all-star appearances. Last night, he made up for it, going 2 for 3 with a run scoring double in the first, helping the National League post a 8-0 win over the American League in Kansas City. He later added a triple. Braun could have added a third hit, but he was robbed by Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who made a diving catch in right field.
Braun even flashed some brilliance with his glove as well, adding a leaping catch off the bat of Prince Fielder in the fourth inning.
Braun’s run scoring double in the first got the ball rolling for the National League, which put up 5-runs before the dust settled.
Braun entered the all-star game hitting .306 with a National League leading 24 home runs and 61 rbi’s. His 2 for 3 performance last night bodes well for continued success in the second half. Braun’s 2-hits went to right field.
Braun is putting up MVP type numbers again, but if the Brewers don’t climb into the playoff race in the second half, he might find himself falling short. Braun said he believed last years team success pushed him past the Dodgers Matt Kemp for the award. Braun said using that theory, others definitely belong in the picture.
The victory means the National League has home field for the upcoming world series. They lead the all-star series 43-38 with a pair of ties.