Ryan Braun

Braun's late-inning muscle lifts Brewers over Astros

Houston, TX - Ryan Braun hit a two-out, three-run home run in the ninth off Astros closer Brad Lidge to give the Brewers the lead, as Milwaukee rallied late to beat Houston, 7-4, in the middle contest of a three- game set at Minute Maid Park.

After six shutout innings by Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez, Milwaukee, trailing 4-0, scratched out a run in the seventh on a double play groundout and then scored two more runs in the eighth off Astros reliever Chad Qualls.

Rickie Weeks greeted Qualls with a double and scored on Corey Hart's triple. Braun followed with an infield single that plated Hart and brought Milwaukee within 4-3.
After a Prince Fielder strike out, Craig Counsell hit a pinch-hit single and Kevin Mench followed with a base-hit to right. Braun was thrown out at home trying to score Mench's single, but it didn't matter as Milwaukee continued to pour on the offense with back-to-back singles by J.J. Hardy and Joe Dillon to start the ninth.

Braun taking the big leagues by storm

Former Brevard County Manatee Ryan Braun was named the National League's Player of the Month and the league's Rookie of the Month for July.

Braun, who was called up to the big leagues on May 25, is the first player to win both awards in the same month since the rookie honor was first awarded in 2002.

The Brewers third baseman hit .345 with 11 home runs, 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored in July. He also had 12 multi-hit games during the month.

Overall this season, Braun is hitting .342 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in only 60 games.

Braun top NL Player, Rookie for July - Brewers phenom the first to win both awards in same month

Braun won both the National League Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month awards, becoming the first player to win both awards in the same month since the rookie honor first was established in 2002.

But he got word about the awards only after the Brewers' 12-4 loss to the Mets on Thursday, and he wasn't quite in the mood to revel in his latest achievement.
"It's certainly a great honor, something I'm proud of," Braun said, "but right now, I think the focus is on the team and trying to win games."

Seesaw: Braun making a name for himself

Rising star Ryan Braun of the Brewers is positively killing it in July. Braun's batting .340 (16-for-47) with seven home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases. This rookie star boasts a robust .339 batting average for the season and a stellar 1.062 OPS. He's been a five-category stud for fantasy owners, far exceeding the production of most third basemen this year.


Ryan Braun Update

This just in: Ryan Braun is really good. He's led the Majors in both HR and RBI as the top-ranked player in the Yahoo! game over the past month. The 23-year-old rookie now has 14 HR and 38 RBI in 176 at bats – among players with at least 100 AB, his AB/HR of 12.6 is seventh in the league, and his AB/RBI of 4.6 is good for 16th.


Braun, Bush lead Brewers past D-Backs

MILWAUKEE—Corey Hart and Ryan Braun homered, Dave Bush pitched six strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night.

Hart started the Brewers' first by hitting Micah Owings' second pitch deep to left-center for his 13th home run, tying the game. J.J. Hardy followed with a single and Braun, the next batter, hit his 14th homer for a 3-1 lead.

Diamondbacks leadoff batter Chris Young also hit a leadoff homer, the first time two leadoff men have homered in the same game since April 23 when Houston's Craig Biggio and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins did it.

The Brewers won their third straight and remained 3 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

The Diamondbacks lost their season-high sixth straight on the road. They've lost nine of their last 10 away from Phoenix.

Turning the hot corner - Braun rises from minors to major role

Setting a timetable for a minor-league prospect to reach the majors is the height of lunacy. You set up the player for a huge fall, prompting folks to call him "a disappointment" if he doesn't arrive on schedule.

Then, there's the case of Ryan Braun, who obliterated all projections, official or otherwise, by taking the bullet train to the big leagues.

When the Milwaukee Brewers summoned the 23-year-old third baseman from Class AAA Nashville on May 24, he had been a professional player for less than two years. Yes, there were high expectations for the fifth player taken in the 2005 draft, but Braun forced the Brewers' hand by ravaging minor-league pitching at every level.

"When you talk about young kids, you never say you're surprised," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "But to do it this quickly is probably a pleasant surprise."

Braun Named NL Rookie of the Month

There's a reason the Brewers trusted a rookie who spent the first two months in the Minors to be their everyday No. 3 hitter while in the heat of a pennant race.

That rookie is heralded to former Stars third baseman Ryan Braun, whose first full month in the Majors earned him National League Rookie of the Month honors for June as well as consideration for the NL Player of the Month award.

Braun, the club's first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, led all NL rookies with 21 RBIs and tied for the NL rookie lead with six home runs in June. He also hit .382 (39-for-102) and scored 27 runs (second best in the entire NL and tops among rookies) to go with 12 doubles, two triples, four steals, a .716 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage.

"He can hit -- I don't know what to say," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He showed that he could hit in college. He showed that he could hit in the Minors. He showed that he could hit in Spring Training. I wouldn't have put him right in the three-hole if I didn't think he could."

Braun showing confidence for Brewers

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Ryan Braun didn't necessarily need any votes of confidence from Milwaukee Brewers management, but that did not stop them from giving him some.

With J.J. Hardy returning from an ankle injury that cost him most of the 2006 season and reclaimed his shortstop position, the Brewers decided to move club MVP Bill Hall from shortstop to center field.

When third baseman Corey Koskie in spring training never recovered from post-concussion syndrome, the Brewers refrained from moving Hall to third, thus going with a platoon of veterans Tony Graffanino and Craig Counsell.

After that pair struggled for the better part of two months, the Brewers summoned Braun.

"That's something that meant a lot to me," Braun said. "They certainly believe in my abilities, and I just wanted to get up here and help the team win as many games as possible and make that decision look like a good one."

Braun goes 4-for-4 in win

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun said he is not surprised by his offensive output less than one month into his major league career. Brewers manager Ned Yost isn't either.

Braun had four hits - including a homer - and drove in three runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-6 Friday night.

"He can hit. I don't know what to say," Yost said. "And he showed that he can hit. He showed that he can hit in the minors. He showed that he can hit in spring training.

"I wouldn't have put him right in the three hole if I didn't think he could."

Corey Hart also homered and drove in four runs for the first-place Brewers, who won for the eighth game in nine games since being no-hit by Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 12.

Braun says he's finally settling in

Two weeks do not a season make, but two weeks can be enough for an impression.

And the impression rookie third baseman Ryan Braun has made after two weeks in the big leagues has been a favorable one.

Braun was called up to the Brewers on May 24.

"I feel like I'm finally starting to get comfortable," Braun said. "I'm finally starting to get back into a regular routine and I feel situated.

"Performance-wise I feel like I probably couldn't have swung the bat much worse than I have these first couple weeks. But I feel like I'm starting to get situated and starting to get some plate discipline back and swinging at good pitches, so hopefully it will start to come."

Braun, Brewers top Cubs

Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as Milwaukee held off Chicago, 7-5, in the middle contest of a three- game set at Miller Park.

Tony Graffanino and Corey Hart also homered for the Brewers, who have won four of six. Claudio Vargas (4-1) picked up the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings of seven-hit, three-run ball with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Francisco Cordero entered in the eighth and recorded the final four outs of the game for his 22nd save of the season.

Rookie Braun big boost for Brewers

Playing in just his eighth game in the majors, Ryan Braun homered, doubled and singled to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Florida Marlins on Friday night.

Kevin Mench drove in four runs for Milwaukee with a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded double.

Braun's two-run homer in the fifth traveled 427 feet and landed just above the ivy that grows on the wall in center field. Corey Hart singled before Braun -- the fifth overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft -- hit the first pitch from Scott Olsen (4-5) for his second home run since his contract was purchased from Class AAA Nashville on May 24.

Francisco Cordero got the final out to earn his major-league-leading 20th save in as many chances.


Ryan Braun Update

Ryan Braun, playing his eighth game in the majors, homered, doubled and singled to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night. Kevin Mench drove in four runs for Milwaukee with a sacrifice fly and a double with the bases loaded. Braun’s two-run homer in the fifth traveled 427 feet and landed just above the ivy that grows on the wall in center field.


Ryan Braun Update

It took nearly two months but the final piece to the Brewers' infield puzzle has joined the squad in the person of third baseman Braun. A first round pick from the University of Miami, Braun is a right-handed power hitting third baseman with great speed. Prior to his recall, Braun, 23, was tearing up the International League, batting .342 with 10 HR, 22 RBIs and a .701 slugging percentage in 34 games. He picked up in the majors right where he left off in Triple-A, collecting four hits, one a home run, in his first eight at-bats before going 0 for 7 his past two games. Although the Brewers are 0-4 since he hit the scene, Braun's Achilles heel, his fielding at the hot corner, hasn't been a problem yet -- he's handled all 10 of his chances cleanly. There's little reason to believe that Braun won't be a fixture on Milwaukee's infield -- with Rickie Weeks and MVP candidates Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy -- for the rest of the decade. He's an automatic in all leagues.


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Ryan Braun Audio Interview after His First MLB Game

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Memorial Day Means Baseball and My First Look at Ryan Braun

At least the Braves are playing a day game in Milwaukee that TBS is televising. I'm excited because this gives me my first chance to watch rookie Ryan Braun. Now, I highlighted Braun in my Spring Training Update piece and then went out and drafted him in my keeper fantasy league. I enjoyed keeping track of his stats in the Minors and was excited when he got the call to the Majors.

In 34 games with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Braun batted .342 with a .418 on-base percentage and a .701 slugging mark. Not too shabby. Braun produced that gaudy slugging percentage thanks to 22 extra-base hits in 117 at-bats, including 10 home runs. Just as importantly, Braun held his own in the field, as he made just three errors.

Meanwhile, the Brewers got off to a great start, despite some lousy production from the players they put out at third base. Corey Koskie was slated to be the team's starter at the hot corner, but Koskie is still suffering from post-concussive syndrome and has yet to play a game this season.