Braun joins exclusive 200-hit club

AP091003022570.jpgRyan Braun became the latest Brewer to homer his way into the record books.

Braun’s Major League-leading 200th hit on Saturday was a two-run home run, making him the fourth player in Brewers history to reach the 200-hit milestone and the first in 18 years.

Cecil Cooper had three 200-hit seasons, Paul Molitor had two and Robin Yount had one. Molitor was the last to do it, in 1991.

Of the seven 200th hits in Brewers history, three were home runs. Braun’s on Saturday, plus Yount’s on Sept. 28, 1982 in Boston and Cooper’s off the Red Sox’s Dennis Eckersley two days later. All of them were two-run shots, and Yount’s, like Braun’s, came in the first inning.

“I finally feel like I’m locked in,” Braun said Friday, after a three-hit night left him at 199. “I’ve felt great the last two weeks, the best I’ve felt with the bat all year. Better late than never. It’s always good to finish on a positive note, individually and as a team.”

Braun’s first-inning homer off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse extended his hitting streak to eight games, and he has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games entering Sunday’s season finale.  

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