Carlos Lee may not have attracted the attention of fans voting for the All-Star team, but he’s certainly earned the respect of his peers.
The 29-year-old Lee is currently 14th in the NL All-Star voting among outfielders despite having 22 home runs and a major league-leading 72 RBIs. He’s also hit 21 doubles, scored 42 runs and stolen eight bases in nine attempts.
Lee hit two long homers to break an 0-for-6 slump Thursday, leading the Brewers to a 10-6 win over the Chicago Cubs.
“We had him checked pretty good until today,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said of Lee. “The guy can hit, and if you don’t throw them in the right area, this guy is going to hurt you.”
Lee’s multihomer game was his third of the season and second against Chicago.
“Stopping Carlos Lee is tough,” said Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. “You got to make good pitches.”
The Pirates have lost three straight and five of their last six games.
Pittsburgh lost to the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep.
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected in the second inning for arguing with plate umpire Chris Guccione. Pittsburgh lost for the 13th time in 17 games.
The Pirates hope southpaw Mark Redman can get them back on track on Friday.
Redman has lost consecutive starts, allowing 11 runs and 18 hits—four of them homers—in 12 innings over that span.
Redman is 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee. He has already beaten the Brewers twice this season, including a 2-0 complete game against them on May 14. Redman gave up four hits and struck out five.
Lee is batting .379 (11-for-29) with two home runs in his career against Redman.