(JTA) — June 8 will go own in the record books as the slamming-est day for Jewish batters in Major League Baseball history.
Five members of the tribe combined for six home runs on Friday to help their respective teams to victory. Here’s the scorecard:
Ryan Braun, “The Hebrew Hammer,” cracked two big flies, driving in five runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies — who have a Jewish manager in Gabe Kapler.
Kevin Pillar, the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder who is known more for his outstanding defensive play than his skills at the plate, hit his sixth homer of the year and third in seven games in a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Alex Bregman hit his eighth home run, a solo drive, for the Astros. The ‘stros selected his younger brother A.J. in the recent MLB draft, so it’s conceivable they could become the first set of Jewish brothers to play on the same team since Norm and Larry Sherry were members of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1959 to 1962.
Ian Kinsler’s seventh homer was good for two runs for the Los Angeles Angels.
Joc Pederson launched lucky No. 7 — his sixth in June — as the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves, 7-3.