|Chris Young fell to 4-8 on the season, but made a quarter of a million dollars on Sunday. (Getty Images)|
Despite giving up the two solo homers to start the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Brewers, when Young got Martin Maldonado to fly out to left for the second out of the inning, he reached 100 innings on the season, earning him a $250,000 bonus.
It was his 18th start of the season, so if he gets two more, he'll earn another $150,000. Young threw 6 2/3 innings on Sunday, increasing his season total to 103. He will also earn another $150,000 after seven more innings, which would put him at 110. He would get another $150,000 for reaching 120 innings (and at 130 if he threw three complete games in his final three starts). So far, he's earned $750,000 in bonuses for reaching benchmarks in numbers of starts and $425,000 for hitting innings benchmarks in addition to his $1.1 million base salary.
Last season Young had a similar incentive-laden contract, but never collected any bonus money after making just four starts.
Young allowed three runs -- all from solo homers -- on eight hits, while striking out two and walking none. His ERA dropped slightly to 4.37 in the loss, while his record fell to 4-8. Braun, whose first homer was the 200th of his career, hit another homer off Young in the sixth inning. The second homer was his 40th of the season, the most in the National League.