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Ryan Braun hits three homers then settles for a triple

May 1, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

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Ryan Braun hit three homers and then tripled at Petco Park in leading the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Padres on Monday.

Braun struggled this spring while dealing with a possible 50-game steroids suspension that was later overturned, but he’s been locked in since Opening Day. He’s now tied for second in the NL in homers with seven. Only Matt Kemp, who was the runner up to Braun in the MVP balloting last year, tops that total, though he has 12 already.

With the three homers and a triple, Braun became the first major leaguer to amass 15 total bases in a game since Boston’s Dustin Pedroia against the Rockies on June 24, 2010. The previous National Leaguer to do it was Albert Pujols on July 20, 2004. Curtis Granderson just missed with his three-homer game earlier this season; he also had two singles, giving him 14 total bases in the contest.

Braun also tied his career high with six RBI in the contest. It was his first career three-homer game. The Brewers actually had three three-homer games last year: one each from Corey Hart, Casey McGehee and Prince Fielder. Going into 2011, they hadn’t had one since 2003.

  1. sasquash20 - May 1, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Way to beat your suspension Juicy!

    • alexo0 - May 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      M-V-P!

  2. channingtaintum - May 1, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    When was the last time someone slugged out 3 homers at Petco?

    That was one hell of a performance tonight, and big props to the Brewers fans in attendance, if not for all the empty seats, I would have sworn it was a home game.

    • georgia - May 1, 2012 at 2:48 AM

      Braun is actually the first and only time someone has hit three home runs at PETCO Park…ever.

      It’s impressive.

      • metalhead65 - May 1, 2012 at 5:39 AM

        would have been more impressive if he had done it cleanly.

    • florida727 - May 1, 2012 at 7:32 AM

      There were a lot more people there than you think. They thought it was Halloween. They all came disguised as empty seats :)

  3. whodeytn - May 1, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    *

  4. gmc173 - May 1, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Roids are still working. Good for him… cheater

    • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Jealous and Insecure!!!

  5. btwicey - May 1, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Braun is about to go into beast mode

  6. btwicey - May 1, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Lol you haters crack me up. Classic Americans.

    • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      They are all jealous and insecure

      • sasquash20 - May 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        No you just live in pretend land. Pretend he didn’t juice it up. Pretend he is clean. Please get real. He got off on some BS handling claim.

      • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        And you have proof of this? You know nothing till the findings are released!!!

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Be nice. Remember the first time someone from your favorite team was outed as dirty. It’s tough to come to grips with initially. Don’t worry, in a few years, they’ll feel silly for the “You’re just jealous, hater!”

        Kind of like when Cardinal Nation instantly downshifted from “You can’t prove McGwire doped!” to “What brave person for coming forward. What a guy!”

      • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Thats good…
        Nice response!!!

  7. dawglb - May 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Was/Is the commish of baseball the owner or the Brewers? I was wondering how Braun was able to get off of these charges easier than any other, in the history of the game. Interesting.

    • paperlions - May 1, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Yeah, 2 minutes to do a search a read a little is too much investment…just post a multilevel ignorant comment instead…yep, much better.

    • kidpresentable - May 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Yes. Surely the commish favors the Brewers as is evident in the revenue inequality and lack of salary cap that currently handicaps his old team (see Sabatha, Fielder, and coming soon Greinke). And who can forget the Brewers’ trophy case which is overflowing with championships since Selig took over his position. He’s the second coming of Vince McMahon for the way he rigs this thing in their favor.

  8. philly4lyfe - May 1, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I hope someone plunks him so he can rood rage as he charges the mound.

    • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Whats a rood rage? You moron!!!

      • phukyouk - May 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        i think he spelled road wrong

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Did you thump your chest after posting?

    • sasquash20 - May 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Live in the past much. 20 years ago. Braun got off because of some BS. I know my beloved Phillies juiced, you need to be real and know Braun juiced.

    • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Hide behind pedantry, all you want, doesn’t make any less true.

  9. stex52 - May 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    I am really impressed with the magical powers that people ascribe to PEDs. If they really did 1/10th of what you guys imagined they did, we should all be taking them right now.

    Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. If the MLB had an honest testing system we might know. But he is just one of the best players in the Majors. Give him his due.

  10. randygnyc - May 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    There’s no question Braun is talented, but IMO, he’s not now, nor was he last year, legitimately an MVP candidate/winner. Kemp is rectifying that as we speak.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      He wasn’t even a candidate? Yeah sure.

    • phillyphreak - May 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Not a candidate really? Cmon man.

      In other news, Kemp is freaking awesome. However, something tells me that, although he will continue to be awesome, he won’t be 0.460 BABIP awesome.

      • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        Ryan Braun is just as awesome!!!

    • paperlions - May 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Of course Braun wasn’t the MVP last year, that was the writers rewarding Braun for being on a better team than Kemp, which is 12 kinds of stupid….but Braun should have been top 3 in the voting regardless (Halladay had a legit case as well).

      • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        Braun was the true MVP last year!!! He won it, didnt he?

      • paperlions - May 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        No. Being given an award and being what the award represents are different things. For example, the GG awards often go to players that are the best offensive player at their position and not to the best defenders. CY and MVP awards typically go to the best pitcher with the most wins (until recently) or the best player on a team that made the playoffs….not the best pitcher or most valuable player (who, by definition is the player that played the best regardless of the quality of his team mates).

      • thewassabi - May 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Obviously Kemp wasnt the “MOST VALUABLE PLAYER” since his fucking team didnt win shit so how was he valuable to the team?

    • muskyhunter2542 - May 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Just another hater!!!

      Because he plays for another team and not the one that you are a fan of!!!

  11. makeham98 - May 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Gotta love ignorant anti-Selig comments whenever the Brewers ate involved. MLB has never been more profitable, and Selig is some anti-American buffoon. Ignorant.

  12. mybrunoblog - May 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Tropicana with pulp or no pulp? Sorry Braun these questions will dog you for the rest of your career. That’s just the way it is.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Sorry, Bruno, but I doubt Ryan Braun really gives a crap what you have to say.

      The insignificance of Braun Basher rage is the real joke.

  13. sdemp - May 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    H8TERS GONNA H8TE

    • thefalcon123 - May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Why the 8? I mean, you’re not shortening anything. H8 is obviously shorter than HATE, but in this case, you’re just replacing the A with an 8. In fact, due to the way people type, I would guess it would take *more* effort to write “H8TERS” than “HATERS”. Perhaps you are more masterful at numeric typing than myself, but it certainly takes me longer.

      • kidpresentable - May 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Plus if you spell it out phonetically, it’s hateters gonna hatete

  14. shawnuel - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Anyone else’ first thought about how much MORE terrible Casey McGehee’s season would have been WITHOUT that 3 homer game?

  15. dorbs345 - May 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Better drug test him quick!!

  16. dorbs345 - May 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Fact of the matter is he was guilty, he found a loop hole in the system, it was a positive test. Kemp deserved the MVP. Braun is a joke just like A-Rod!

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Fact is, no one was found guilty because the case was thrown out. Also, it’s a proven fact that the MVP award is based on an opinion. Finally, the real joke (from where I sit) is how much energy you’re going to waste the rest of your life attempting to convince people that you’re a clairvoyant with TRUTH on your side.

      As always, Braun Bashers, it’s been fun sifting through your 15 seconds of thought.

      • dorbs345 - May 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Not trying to convince anyone of anything, stating the facts. And I hope he enjoys that MVP as he will never receiver another one!

    • kidpresentable - May 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Here’s the thing: they’re all on something. I suspect Victor Conte was probably right when the Braun story broke. He said a lot of guys put on testosterone patches after games to aid in recovery. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Braun did something like that because he surely wasn’t using whatever McGwire, Sosa, or Bonds was using.

      Likewise, if a cortisone shot injected in a pitcher to treat arm fatigue and avoid a DL stint is fine, I don’t get the faux-moral outrage over a post game testosterone patch. Without the shot, the pitcher probably loses 5 mph on his fastball if he can pitch at all. Is that not also performance enhancing?

      I guess what I’m saying is get off your high horse, many of your favorite athletes have also used PEDs.

      • dorbs345 - May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        I couldn’t agree more, just don’t see why they come out and lie so blatantly!! We know what goes on to gain an edge, once caught don’t lie! Be like Giambi, “Uh… you think? Look at these arms” haha

    • sasquash20 - May 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Totally agree dorbs345. Well said all these brewers fans on Braun’s nuts don’t want to see what clearly happened. I get it they love their guy, but you got to be real.

    • dorbs345 - May 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      The test was positive…. that is a fact!

  17. dkphilly1122 - May 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Braun and Kemp are both beasts…….the whole roids thing is beyond old and played out. Just give credit where it’s due.

  18. dannomac21 - May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Braun’s BA year by year since his rookie season: .324, .285, .320, .304, .332, .294 (this year)

    Brauns HR total year by year: 34 (wasn’t in the big leagues til May), 37, 32, 25, 33, 7

    Man, look at those inflated numbers. The guy’s definitely a juicer.

    MVP

    • drewsylvania - May 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      The PED stuff is a joke, but…love how you included this year’s stats, which are…April. The homers extrapolate to 42. /facepalm

      • brewcrewchamps - May 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Are you the same guy who pointed out Braun was only on track to hit 20 homers after he had one in the first two weeks of the season?

        He’s just going to throw up the same numbers he’s been putting up since he came into the league.

      • dannomac21 - May 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        And going from his career best of 37 home runs, to 42, as he’s in the prime of his career, would lead you to believe he took PED’s?

        lmao

  19. drewsylvania - May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    To all the PEDidiots: Where’s your degree, or research, that says any of the following:

    a) Steroids help you hit a baseball
    b) Only hitters do PEDs (Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, etc, say hi)
    c) No one did or derived any help from PEDs in the 60s and 70s (hello, greenies?)

    • sasquash20 - May 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      You want research look up Big Mac, Bonds, and Sosa’s career stats and tell me they didn’t get better. Yes some pitchers did it just like some hitters did it. Clemons is on trial now for it. But to act like they have not helped anyone is just being blind and dumb. So call me an idiot all you want the truth is your the real idiot if you don’t believe that they help you.

  20. slammincamnewton - May 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    @btwicey

    by beast mode, do you mean roid rage?

  21. mcmuskie79 - May 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    When your on the Juice, hitting 3 home-runs is expected.

    • dannomac21 - May 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      And when YOU’RE an idiot, comments like these are expected.

  22. stercuilus65 - May 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    “but he’s been locked in since Opening Day”

    LOL Yeah right if .265 is “locked in”.

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