There are certain combinations of skills that you don't frequently find among major league players. One of those combinations is power and speed: When you find a player with both tools, sometimes you've got something special.
Ryan Braun is one of those players, and on this day in 2007 he showed it. In the first inning of an interleague game against the Royals, Braun hit a solo home run to right center to give the Crew a 1-0 lead. After singling and being stranded in the third, he doubled in the fourth and stole third. He came to the plate in the sixth needing a triple for the cycle, but walked and stole second instead. He finished his day by singling again in the eighth. The Brewers won the game 11-6, and Braun finished with the following line:
4-for-4, HR, 2 SB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Braun was only the 11th Brewer in franchise history to have both a home run and two stolen bases in the same game, and no one has done it since:
|Darrin Jackson||9/15/1997||White Sox|
|Pat Listach||8/7/1993||Blue Jays|
|Mike Felder||7/29/1990||White Sox|
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Huntsville Star Dayton Buller, who turns 30.
- 1991 Brewer Jim Hunter, who turns 47.
- 1970 Brewer Russ Snyder, who turns 77.