Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Martinez Swinging Hot Bat; Braun, Fielder Lift Brewers

Players of the Day for Monday, June 15, 2009 American League With most of the MLB teams traveling, there were only two games played on Monday night, and the Players of the Day actually came out of one game: the slugfest in Cleveland in which the Brewers outscored the Indians, 14-12. In the only other game, the Angels topped the Giants, 9-7. In the Milwaukee-Cleveland game, Victor Martinez took top honors for AL players, though in a losing cause. Martinez had an outstanding night, going 3-for-4 with a walk and scored Cleveland's first run of the game in the opening inning, singling and scoring on Shin Soo Choo's home run. Martinez added a two-run homer of his own in the 3rd, singled in a pair of runs in the 4th and walked and scored in the 6th before flying out to center in his last at-bat in the 8th. After missing time earlier in the season, Martinez continues to swing a hot bat and close in on the AL RBI leaders, batting .341 with 49 RBI. His home run was only his 11th of the season. National League Over on the visitor's side, Ryan Braun (left) and Prince Fielder (right) were doing what they do best, smacking the ball around and out of the park. Braun went 3-for-5, scored 4 times and drove in 5 runs. Not to be outdone, Fielder went 2-for-3, scored once and drove in 6 runs. Both hit home runs. Braun hit his 14th of the season with one aboard in the first inning, while Fielder waited until the 8th inning to smack his 16th home run, a grand slam that put the Brewers on top by a run. Milwaukee added one more in the inning, completing the scoring in a wild one. The win put the Brewers a full game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but the redbirds may be the least of their worries. Lurking just 3 games back are the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, both teams hungry for some post-season glory. Braun upped his RBI total to 47 on the season, while Fielder's 6 RBI vaulted him to the top of the National League lead, with 62, a number that is also tops in the majors, one better than Boston's Jason Bay.

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