Braun went 1-for-5 with a grand slam Sunday in the Brewers' 7-6 win over the Cardinals. Braun's 20th home run of the season helped the Brewers secure a series win and leaves Milwaukee just three games behind St. Louis for the NL Central lead. His lone hit of the series was about as clutch as it gets, with Baseball-Reference relaying that Braun is just the fifth player in MLB history to hit a go-ahead ninth-inning grand slam with two outs and a 3-2 count. Braun and the Brewers' bats should benefit from some favorable matchups to close out the regular season, as Milwaukee squares off against sub-.500 teams -- the Padres, Pirates, Reds and Rockies -- in each of its final four series.
Braun is not in the lineup for Friday's game at St. Louis. Braun will take the day off Friday after going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win in Miami. Trent Grisham and Ben Gamel will start in the corner outfield spots for the Brewers in the series opener.
Braun went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 3-2 victory against the Marlins on Thursday. The 35-year-old is just about where he was last season in a lot of categories with a little more than two weeks remaining. He just passed his runs total from 2018; he's also one behind in homers -- the same is true in stolen bases -- and two short in the RBI category compared to his totals from last season. Overall, Braun is batting .279 with 19 home runs, 62 RBI, 61 runs and 10 steals in 427 at-bats this season.
Braun is not in the lineup Monday against the Marlins. Braun battled back tightness last week, forcing him to miss Saturday's contest. He returned Sunday but is now back on the bench Monday. It's not clear if the back problems have returned or if he's simply having a scheduled day off. Regardless of the reason, Trent Grisham will start in left field in his absence.
Braun (back) is starting in left field and batting cleanup Sunday against the Cubs. The veteran outfielder underwent an MRI and was unavailable for Saturday's contest, so it's somewhat surprising to see him in the starting nine for the series finale. Regardless, Braun will take his usual starting spot in left field while Lorenzo Cain (knee) and Christian Yelich round out Milwaukee's outfield.
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