Bradenton Marauders outfielder Robbie Grossman reached a rare milestone tonight when he drew a walk in the bottom of the 8th inning. Grossman's walk was his 100th of the year. When paired with his 110 runs this season, Grossman becomes the first minor leaguer to draw 100 walks and score 100 runs since Nick Swisher in 2004.
Coming in to tonight, Grossman led the Florida State League in walks, runs, and was ranked second in the league in on-base percentage. He leads all of minor league baseball in walks, and also has drawn more walks than anyone in the majors, sitting two ahead of league leader Jose Bautista.
Grossman also homered tonight, his 11th of the season in 435 at-bats. He entered the season with nine homers in 937 at-bats in his minor league career. The home run extended his streak of reaching base safely to 42 games....
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