Aoki seals win over Giants


At 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, Norichika Aoki is one of the smaller players on the Brewers roster.

But on Aug. 7, the right fielder came up big when he hit a two-RBI single off San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla in the eighth, ensuring Milwaukee’s 6-1 victory.

Aoki was hitless off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner before connecting with Casilla’s fastball, sending it flying sharply up the middle.

“I was happy to get a big hit that went straight through the infield,” Aoki said during a post-game interview. “I’m happy that we won.”

He finished the evening 1-for-5.

As of this writing, the 31-year-old Aoki is batting .278 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He is 11-for-17 in stolen base attempts.

The win in San Francisco was uplifting for the Brewers, who are currently last in the N.L. Central with a 54-71 record.

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