Last night was a historic night for Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, not only the most fertile single-game offensive output of his career, but the first time in Petco Park history that anyone has sent three pitches over the outfield wall in a single showing…fair, that is. Brauny also set a franchise record for total bases in a single-game at 15.
It was incredible, and hopefully a sign of things to come for the reigning NL MVP who admitted, post game, that he’s been pressing:
"My approach has been really inconsistent,” said Braun. “I knew coming into the year I was going to try too hard and I was going to be battling that all year. For me, the biggest challenge offensively is always plate discipline. As long as I’m swinging at strikes, I know I’ll end up having success eventually.”
By the end of the evening, all (what looked like) 500 fans in attendance were noticeably in Braun’s corner, each audibly pulling for him in his 4th at-bat, one in which he settled for a two-run triple to the groans of the crowd, though I’m sure the delight of Padres skipper Bud Black.
I didn’t hear any comments from Black after the game, but I imagine the reporter/manager exchange to go a little something like this: