Braun hits 3 HR's, triple as Brewers beat Padres 8-3
SAN DIEGO - A Milwaukee Brewers slugger and current National League MVP reminded the sport that he could still show the brilliance that brought the hardware, both to himself and to the reigning NL Central Division Champions.
Ryan Braun hit three home runs and a triple, amassing a Brewers record 15 total bases and six RBI in an 8-3 Milwaukee Brewers win.
Braun commented to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Dan O'Donnell on "Brewers Extra Innings" about how his night brought the first-ever three-homer game at Petco Park in San Diego, known as one of the worst parks for offense in baseball.
"I did not know that, but it is definitely a difficult place to hit home runs, so I would imagine it hasn't happened too many times," said Braun.
He knew he was in a groove when he stepped up to bat in the seventh inning after slamming home runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
"Yeah, of course. You hit a couple, you feel good. A lot of times, this game is about confidence. Certainly, when you hit two home runs in a game, you're confident for the rest of your at bats that night."
That seventh-inning at bat produced his third home run, and a ninth-inning triple came just one hop short of a Major League Baseball record-tying fourth home run.
Braun fell short of the Milwaukee baseball record of 18 total bases, produced by Braves slugger Joe Adcock against the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 31, 1954. He slammed four home runs and a double that day.
Braun also fell short of the MLB record of 19 total bases by Shaun Green, which he produced against the Brewers on May 23, 2002 at Miller Park.