Michael Brantley swinging hot bat for Tribe

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Indians slugger Michael Brantley rapped three hits and knocked in a pair of runs as the Tribe walloped the Texas Rangers 12-2 Friday night.

Brantley was a key part of a 16-hit assault as David Murphy led the way with four hits.

The Indians took a 5-0 lead after four innings and didn’t look back in beating the team with the worst record in baseball.

Despite being a bit streaky, Brantley is batting at .320 with 68 RBI and is 9 for his last 22 with 5 RBI.

For his career, Brantley has a .284 batting average with 41 HR, 280 RBI and .339 OBP, playing for the Indians since he got traded to Cleveland in 2008.

The 27-year-old was drafted by Milwaukee in the seventh round of the 2005 amateur entry draft.

The six-year pro is well on his way to a career-year, already bashing a season-best 15 homers.

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