MILWAUKEE Ryan Braun stood at home plate in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Astros with a full count and no intention of heading back to the dugout empty-handed.
Pitch after pitch, Houston reliever Fernando Rodriguez dealt him fastballs, hoping to catch the Brewers star left fielder off-balance. But Braun remained determined, as he has all season, intent on making something work a task that hasn't always been easy for his team this season.
But Braun has never wavered. The face of Milwaukee baseball has kept his face forward all year. He knows as well as anyone how difficult the road ahead will be with his team down 15 games in the NL Central a deficit made up by only a few teams in the history of major league baseball. But on Wednesday after the Brewers had wrapped up their three-game sweep only their second sweep of the season Braun wasn't concerned with how far Milwaukee had fallen in the first 100 games of the season.
His eyes are still on the playoffs n...