Hart changes stance, fortunes

Corey Hart shrugged-off his slow start to his season, an 0-for-11 slump and a terrible Monday afternoon batting practice to deliver three home runs and seven RBIs, tying franchise records on both counts and powering the surging Brewers to an 11-3 win over the Nationals at Miller Park.

Hart admitted he needed a night like this. He was homerless with only one RBI in his first 21 games of 2011 after rushing back from the disabled list, where he spent most of April recovering from a rib-cage strain.

“Hopefully, I can start something and keep it going,” Hart said.

He felt so awful about his pregame batting practice that he overhauled his batting stance and went to the indoor cages with hitting coach Dale Sveum for more swings. Hart changed the position of his hands and his feet, and came out swinging.

“I was pulling my hair out, looking for things,” Hart said. “I changed my stance for the last round of ‘BP’ and that’s what I went with.”

It worked, and some history was in order: Hart became the first Brewer to slug three home runs in a game since Geoff Jenkins in 2003, and the first to drive in seven runs since Damian Miller in 2007. Ten different Brewers on 15 occasions have hit three homers, and five players have logged seven RBIs.

Here’s the list of players who have hit three homers for the Brewers:

  • Ben Oglivie (three times)
  • Jeromy Burnitz (twice)
  • Jenkins (twice)
  • Richie Sexson (twice)
  • Cecil Cooper
  • Hart
  • Tyler Houston
  • Paul Molitor
  • Dale Sveum
  • Jose Valentin

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