Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made history Friday night, thanks to a grand slam he hit off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta in the bottom of the second inning.
— MLB (@MLB) July 15, 2017
Not only did Braun’s blast that hit the scoreboard in center field give the Brewers an 8-2 lead at the time, it also gave him six career grand slams. That’s a new franchise record, with Braun breaking a tie with Jeromy Burnitz, Cecil Cooper and John Jaha. Braun’s struggled with a calf strain this season, with the injury resulting in two separate stints on the disabled list this season.
Braun was also held out of the Brewers’ final game before the All-Star break due to tightness in his left calf, but manager Craig Counsell said on Thursday that he expected Braun to be available for Friday’s game.
As a result Braun has played in just 41 games this season, hitting .262 with 11 home runs, 27 RBIs and a .909 OPS. In his first seven games of the month Braun hit .231 with one home run and two runs batted in, numbers he managed to improve significantly with one swing of the bat Friday night. Braun’s been especially good against Pivetta, with Friday’s grand slam being the fourth home run he’s hit against the Phillies starter in their respective major league careers.
A Brewers batter has hit a grand slam in a series opener for the second time in the last week, with Jesus Aguilar doing the honors during Milwaukee’s 9-4 win over the Yankees last Friday night.