Going, Going, Braun: Braun's Home Run Trifecta Powers Brewers To 8-3 Win Over Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 30: Ryan Braun hits his first of three home runs Monday night, becoming the first player ever to do that at Petco Park.

W: Randy Wolf (2-2)
L: Joe Wieland (0-4)

HR: Ryan Braun 3 (7)

MVP: Ryan Braun (+.419)
LVP: Randy Wolf (-.205)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

If you stayed up late with us tonight, you witnessed one of the greatest offensive performances in Brewer franchise history. The Brewer offense tonight came almost entirely off the bat of Ryan Braun, who drove in six runs with the first three homer game of his career and the first in the eight year history of Petco Park in San Diego. Braun's 15 total bases in the game also set a new Brewer franchise record.

Braun represented more than half of the Brewer hit total tonight, as he hit three homers and a triple and his combined teammates managed just three other hits. Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-5 tonight to snap his hitting streak at seven games, which is still tied for the longest streak by a Brewer this season.

Randy Wolf picked up the win tonight but did little to reassure those of us concerned by his April performance to date. He lasted just five innings (plus two batters in the sixth) and allowed three runs on nine hits, walking three and striking out three. Tom Haudricourt noted that Wolf pitched 26.1 innings in April and allowed 50 baserunners. That's a 1.90 WHIP.

Kameron Loe, meanwhile, followed Wolf to the mound in the sixth and recorded six outs while facing just five batters. On any other night he would've been a strong candidate for game MVP. The Brewers used Loe and Francisco Rodriguez out of the bullpen tonight, but scored two in the eighth to make it a non-save situation and gave John Axford the night off.

If you went to bed early tonight you'll get another chance to stay up late tomorrow: The Brewers and Padres continue this series at 9:05 pm Tuesday night, with Shaun Marcum taking on Edinson Volquez.

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