Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 5/1/12
The Monday Takeaway Hitting three home runs in a game played at Petco Park is like acing three final exams after a night of heavy drinking. It can’t be done—unless you are Ryan Braun, that is. The Brewers left fielder began his Monday evening with an inauspicious fly out to center in the first inning before going to work in the top of the fourth. First came this solo shot to the sandbox in right-center field, a place very few hitters are strong enough to reach at Petco.  An inning later, Braun checked the Western Metal Supply Co. warehouse off his list of targets with a two-run blast. And in the seventh, Ernesto Frieri made the mistake of hanging a curveball to Braun, who deposited it just over the fence in left to complete the trifecta. In doing so, Braun became the first player ever to go deep thrice at Petco, but he was not done yet. Facing Joe Thatcher in the ninth and staring at an 0-2 count, Braun tacked on a two-run triple, making a bit more history: No player had hit ...
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