With his bunt single in the ninth inning of Friday's 4-2 win over the Nationals, Norichika Aoki extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Aoki entered Saturday batting .293 with with nine home runs, 46 RBIs and 33 doubles in his first Major League season.
"At the beginning, we didn't know exactly how we were going to go and how much he was going to play," Roenicke said. "He did a nice job off the bench early, and then he's taken over. He's great in that leadoff spot. Defensively, he's played well."
Braun entered Saturday leading the National League in home runs (40), total bases (332), extra-base hits (75), slugging percentage (.600) and OPS (.990). He was also tied for the league lead with 106 RBIs.
With Braun's next stolen base, he will have the third 30/30 season in franchise history and the second of his career. Braun enters Saturday with 40 home runs and 29 stolen bases.