Braun ties Brewers home run record with slam
Career blast No. 251 matches Yount for tops in franchise history
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun tied Robin Yount for the Brewers' all-time franchise lead in home runs in grand style on Sunday against the Phillies at Miller Park. Facing Aaron Harang with two outs in the fifth and the bases loaded, Braun crushed his 251st homer.
It was Braun's fifth grand slam of his career and 21st home run this season. The homer, which traveled an estimated 432 feet to center field, gave the Brewers a 5-0 lead in a game they would eventually win, 6-1.
"It's hard to enjoy these [accomplishments] when we're not winning, so it's really nice it came in a win, in a sweep," Braun said. "I didn't hit too many on the barrel this series, so I guess if I'm only going to hit one on the barrel, I might as well make it when the bases are loaded."
Yount played his entire Hall of Fame career with the Brewers from 1974-93. His single-season high for homers came in '82, when he hit 29. His No. 19 is retired by the franchise and hangs at the top of the stadium in right field.
"Robin's obviously the greatest player in franchise history," Braun said. "He played here for 20 years, accomplished so many amazing things, so any time you are mentioned alongside his name, it's definitely a special accomplishment."
The franchise-tying homer probably shouldn't have come as a surprise. Braun has four career homers off Harang in his career -- tied for the most against any opposing starter.
"I know I have quite a few at-bats against him. I know he's had plenty of success against me," Braun said. "Every once in a while, I get lucky and run into one."