Petco Park in San Diego is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in Major League Baseball. The walls are deeper than average, and fairly high, which makes it a tough place to hit one home run. I’m sure rookie pitcher Joe Wieland thought he was safe. As it turns out, he was not. During last night’s 8-3 smashing by the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Diego Padres, reigning NL MVP and proven-but-thrown-out steroid user Ryan Braun tied a team record by hitting three home runs. This was the first three homer game in Petco Park history, and it was an impressive display of power by Braun.
Two of those home runs came off the unfortunate Wieland, with the third coming off relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri. Braun was all set to hit a fourth home run as well, only to have the pitch land just before the wall. Braun’s total line for last night was 4-5 with 3 runs, 3home runs, and 6 RBIs. That’s a two solo homers, a two-run homer, and a two-run triple.
Braun is the second MLB player to hit three home runs this season after Yankee outfielder Curtis Granderson did it against the Minnesota Twins on April 19.
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