Showing off Braun
Ryan Braun (useless tidbit: his family name was “Koufax” until his mom remarried and took his stepfather’s name) was having a pretty uneventful round until he reached the six-out mark. He looked dead in the water at that point (one homer at the time), but he knocked a couple liners out to left and gained some momentum.
From that point, Braun was in control. He hit his fourth homer with seven outs, then knocked out three in a row with eight outs — the last of which going to the opposite field in right-center.
It wasn’t flashy, but it was enough for Braun to advance.
Berkman — 8
Morneau — 8
Braun — 7
Uggla — 6
Sizemore — 6
Utley — 5
Longoria — 3
Next up: Hamilton, rounding out the first round