Monday, August 15, 2011

Ralph Branca, JML?

Batting 3rd, Ryan Braun was 2-4 with 1 HR (his 23rd), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, and 1 SB (his 23rd) against the Dodgers. Looks like that 30/30 season may still be within reach for Braun. After not even attempting to steal a base in July, Braun has swiped 4 bags in August.

Batting leadoff, Ian Kinsler was 4-5 with 2 doubles (his 29th and 30th) and 3 runs scored against the Angels. Kinsler has hit 30 or more doubles in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

Batting 7th, Danny Valencia was 0-3 with 1 BB and 1 run scored against the Tigers.

Craig Breslow pitched 1 scoreless inning against the Orioles.

Jason Marquis is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a broken right fibula.

In other news, it turns out Ralph Branca's mother was Jewish. Branca is famous or infamous for giving up the "shot heard round the world" to Bobby Thompson. Branca was also a 3-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers and won 21 games in 1947.

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