Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Braun's 5-for-5 Night Wasted; Markakis Goes 4-for-4 in O's Win

Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 21, 2009 American League The Baltimore Orioles have a bevy of good, young hitters, but maybe none better than Nick Markakis, who went 4-for-4 (double, 3 singles), drove in a pair of runs - giving him 18 RBI on the season - and scored three times as the Orioles soiled the White Sox, 10-3, Tuesday night. Markakis, in his 4th season as an Oriole regular, has a .302 lifetime average and is batting .389 in 2009, tops on the team. His 18 RBI put him at the top of the major league leaders. National League Why are the Milwaukee Brewers in last place in the NL Central with a 4-9 record - the second-worst in the league? Much of the problem has to do with the lack of hitting, and not just in situations, but overall. The Brewers are not putting men on base, thus, they are not scoring many runs. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is the most obvious example, with his .125 batting average. The Brewers' master masher, Prince Fielder is batting an unimpressive .163. In Tuesday's 11-4 loss at Philadelphia, the Brewers managed 11 hits, but 5 of them came off the bat of Ryan Braun, who hit a solo homer in the first inning, added a 2-run shot in the 5th and singled home another run in the 7th, accounting of all of Milwaukee's runs. His 5-for-5 performance was largely wasted as Milwaukee failed to capitalize in numerous situations with men on base, stranding 9. Braun, who regularly bats third in the order, increased his RBI total to 9, an indicator of the team's total inefficiency, and upped his batting average to .300.

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