Braun went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cubs. Braun lifted his 14th big fly of the campaign to draw the Brewers within three runs in the fourth inning of a home loss. He's now hit safely in seven straight games, and he's slashing .315/.373/.516 on the year.
Braun went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a steal and three runs against the Pirates on Wednesday. He may be 32 years old with a fairly extensive injury history, but Braun can still flash the ol' speed here and there. He's not going to come close to last year's 24 stolen bags -- eight so far -- but fantasy owners aren't complaining as long as he's on the field and they're getting pop and average out of him. A consistent .300-plus hitter early in his career, Braun's .316 average this season represents a four-year high, and he should clear 20 homers easily if health permits.
Braun is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals. After starting 10 consecutive games, Braun will have Wednesday to rest. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Hernan Perez, who will be playing right field and batting seventh. With the Brewers having a day off Thursday, Braun should return to the lineup for Friday's contest against the Cardinals.
Braun went 2-for-4 with a double, two-run homer and four RBI in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Dodgers. The veteran slugger went deep on reliever Chris Hatcher in the seventh for his first homer since June 18, and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his fifth multi-hit effort in the last seven contests. Braun has six RBI over the last two games, and matched his May total of 13 RBI with Wednesday's production.
Braun is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals. With two singles Wednesday, Braun extended his multi-hit game streak to three and raised his average to .320 for the season. He also struck out three times, though, and manager Craig Counsell seems adamant about getting Braun semi-regular rest days in hopes of preserving his health. Alex Presley will start in left field Friday.
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