Jul 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) hits an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Josh Smith in the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Kirk Gibson and Evan Marshall aren’t around anymore so Braun should feel safe when he bats. Last June 17th, he was drilled with a Marshall fastball and as the pitcher was walking off the mound Gibson could be seen giving Marshall a high-five while smiling. The Brewers had the last laugh as Jonathan Lucroy followed with a grand slam to give his team a 7-5 victory. Braun, a six-time All-Star, is having another fine season. He is tied for the team lead in home runs with 16 and is second in RBI’s with 57. Save for the 2011 NLDS in which he hit .500, he has not fared well against D-back pitching. In 165 plate appearances, he is batting .225 though he does have nine home runs.