Ryan Braun on Saturday hit a pair of home runs (one in the 7th inning and another in the 9th) to give the Brewers an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. For Braun, it was his second game of the young 2014 season with two or more HRs (he hit three in a game earlier this season against the Phillies). Last season, in a year Braun would likely want to forget, he did not have a multi-HR game.
The multi-HR game on April 19th was the 20th of Braun’s career. He is now only two away from the Brewers club record held by Prince Fielder who had 22 multi-HR games in his career with the Brew Crew. Here’s a look at the Brewers players with 10 or more multi-HR games in their careers in Milwaukee.
Multi-HR games with the Brewers
22: Prince Fielder
20: Ryan Braun
19: Gorman Thomas
14: Robin Yount, Greg Vaughn, Corey Hart, Cecil Cooper, Jeromy Burnitz
12: Richie Sexson, Rob Deer
11: Dave Nilsson
10: Ben Oglivie, Geoff Jenkins
Since he came into the league in 2007, Braun’s 20 multi-HR games ranks tied for eighth. Since 2007, Albert Pujols has 30 such games, most in the majors. He is followed by four players with 22 (Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista), two with 21 (Mark Teixeira and Miguel Cabrera) and Braun and Adam Dunn with 20.
The MLB leader for career multi-HR games is not a surprise. Babe Ruth had 72 such games, edging out HR career leader Barry Bonds who had 71. In addition to Ruth and Bonds, nine other players have had 50 or more multi-HR games in their careers: Sammy Sosa (69), Mark McGwire (67), Willie Mays (63), Hank Aaron (62), Alex Rodriguez (60), Ken Griffey, Jr. (55), Jimmie Foxx (55), Frank Robinson (54) and Manny Ramirez (54).
One final note on Braun’s multi-HR games: The Brewers are 16-4 in games when Braun hits two or more home runs. In fact, the Brewers have now won 11 straight when Braun has a multi-HR game. Their last loss was on June 7, 2009.