Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Braun gets back to hitting HR
By ESPN Stats & Information
Ryan Braun was due.
Ryan Braun's three-homer game was the second of his career.
Braun entered Tuesday with only three hits in 20 at-bats all season and three home runs in his last 181 at-bats overall. He had only one hit on a pitch in the strike zone in the season’s first five games.
Braun became the first player to hit three homers in a game this season. He’s the fifth player in Brewers history to hit three home runs in a game more than once, joining Ben Oglivie (three times), Richie Sexson, Geoff Jenkins and Jeromy Burnitz (twice each).
He’s the first player to hit three in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies since Jason Giambi of the Colorado Rockies in 2011. The four players to hit three and drive in seven in a game against the Phillies in Philadelphia are Johnny Bench, Mark McGwire, Giambi and Braun
Braun is the seventh Brewers player to have a seven-RBI game, along with Sexson, Corey Hart, Jose Hernandez, Ted Kubiak, Damian Miller, and Jonathan Lucroy, who has two.
He’s the first player to hit three home runs in a game after serving a suspension for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy.