Brewers outfielders state their case for All-Star Game
Braun, Gomez combine to drive in five runs; Pujols continues resurgence with two hits
The Brewers' outfield made its case for the All-Star Game with a big day on Saturday.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3, respectively, and drove in a combined five runs during the Brewers' 7-4 win over the Rockies. Gomez, currently in third among National League outfielders, ripped a three-run home run in the first inning while Braun, in fifth place, smacked a two-run triple in the fifth.
Braun is trying to track down Miami's Giancarlo Stanton and his teammate Gomez for a spot in the starting NL outfield. He is less than 200,000 votes behind Stanton and nearly 500,000 behind Gomez. Meanwhile, Gomez is locked in a tight race at the top, with less than 60,000 votes separating Gomez and Yasiel Puig, who sits in first place.
Braun and Gomez put up just a pair of notable performances from contenders for this year's All-Star Game. Here are the others:
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman followed a 3-for-5 Friday with two solid showings in an Atlanta doubleheader. He went 0-for-2 but scored four times in Game 1, and he went 2-for-4 in Game 2. Freeman is chasing Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, who walked three times on Saturday against the Padres.
In the American League, Albert Pujols continued to rebound from his recent slump, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the Royals. Pujols dropped from third to fourth place in the most recent ballot update and trails first-place Miguel Cabrera by more than 1.6 million votes. Cabrera went 0-for-5 with a strikeout Saturday but still sports a .315 average.
Overall leading vote-getter Jose Bautista did not play again Saturday, still recovering from a hamstring strain, and NL leader Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-2 with an RBI against Milwaukee.
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie sat out with a broken finger, and the other three Toronto All-Star hopefuls (Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera) combined to go just 2-for-13.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 1-for-3 with an RBI, as he looks up to Philadelphia's Chase Utley among NL second basemen. Utley, who went 1-for-5 in a doubleheader, leads Walker by almost 700,000 votes.
Walker's teammate Andrew McCutchen, sandwiched between Puig and Gomez among NL outfielders, went 1-for-4 with a run scored, as he tries to secure a starting nod. Puig went 2-for-4 with two runs scored during the Dodgers' 9-1 romp over St. Louis Saturday.
Stanton, who will reportedly participate in the Home Run Derby, collected three hits, an RBI and a run scored during Miami's 14-inning marathon loss to Oakland.
Two days after celebrating his 40th birthday, Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 and drove in the Yankees' only run on Saturday. Chicago's Alexei Ramirez did not start the White Sox's game against Toronto but had a pinch-hit RBI-single in the eighth inning that put his team up two.
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