Braun drives in two runs
Braun drove in two runs, doubling his spring training total, and the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians,
Norichika Aoki broke a 5-all tie in the ninth with an RBI triple.
“I’m not worried about Ryan at all,” Roenicke said of the .312 career hitter, pointing out that the reigning NL MVP has had only 25 at-bats.
Braun went 1 for 4. He had an RBI single, drove in another run with a groundout, and is hitting just .120 with four RBIs after an offseason that turned tumultuous shortly after he won the NL MVP. He was suspended 50 games for a positive drug test, only to have it overturned last month.
“I like what I’ve seen,” Roenicke said. “He smoked a ball at the shortstop today. The first month last year when he got off to that hot start, he drew a lot of walks. He’s walking a lot now, which means he’s taking those close pitches. You have to throw it over the plate and he’s going to hit for a high average.”
Braun had 16 walks in his first 20 games a year ago, batting .384 with seven homers. He finished with 33 homers, 111 RBIs and a .332 average to help Milwaukee into the playoffs.
Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer, his third.
Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs over six innings.
Brewers starter Chris Narveson yielded four runs over 6 1/3 innings. He had a
4-1 lead, but walked four, including Shin-Soo Choo before yielding Santana’s homer to left-center in the sixth.