Kolten Wong takes 3 home wins in Brewers win

CINCINNATI — Kolten Wong may not have the same offensive résumé as some of his top Brewers teammates, but three hits of the bat in Cincinnati on Thursday night gave him a feat no other Milwaukee batsman has this season.

Wong made three home runs from five points in turns and drove all of the Brewers’ runs in a 5-1 win at Great American Ball Park. It was the first three homer games and first five RBI games of his career, and he broke a career record with his 15th home run of the year.

“I’m certainly not the type of guy you’d see hitting three home runs or even more than one home run in a game very often,” Wong said. “It’s a pretty good experience for me to absorb it. I’ve had the chance to do this before, but [I] tried to do too much. i told myself [going up to bat in the eighth] ‘Don’t even try.’ It’s funny how that happened.”

It didn’t take long for the second keeper to start as well. Striking against Reds flamethrower Hunter Greene on the second inning, Wong stretched out his arms over the letter-high 98-mph fastball, releasing a two-round blast into the Brewers’ goal beyond the right-court fence. Four innings later, Wong fired another two-round shot at a similar spot on right-handed substitute Dauri Moreta, bringing Milwaukee’s win 4-0.

Then at the start of the eighth round, Wong cherry-picked the pinnacle of career night by jumping on a Joel Kuhnel slider and hammering a fair bit into the right-field foul post.

When asked where all this rank in the list of career achievements?

“Oh, it should be there,” said the 10-year major league player.

The 31-year-old actor has given a pretty offensive performance over the past week. .321/.367/.821 (yes, you read that right) in his last seven games with four home runs and nine RBIs.

“He’s been playing really well against right-handers this year,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “There was a really good Yankees series, [but] probably missed some pitches in the Mets lineup that he thought he should have hit. He obviously didn’t miss the ball tonight.”

This became part of the maturation process for Wong. Through the ups and downs of his career, he learned to trust his work.

“Obviously you get angry when you play bad games or something, but I’m really trying to focus on turning the page and realizing that what I’m doing is right,” he said. “You’re going to have good plays and bad plays, but if I keep going where I’m going now and on the path I’m on, I know my hit will produce.”

Performance, St. He also caught the attention of Reds manager David Bell, who coached Wong during his time as a bench at St.

“I see Kolten playing for a long time. He’s a really good actor, a great actor,” Bell said. “But it was a special night.”

The “special” night even got Wong thinking about a goal he had set for himself.

“I think everybody in this game wants to get to a point where they eventually reach that 100 points,” he explained. “I’m still far from it, but I’m getting closer every day. [It’s] Definitely one of the goals I hope to reach at the end of my career.”

Currently, only 18 are running away from home.

Wong’s offensive power couldn’t have come at a better time, either. If brewers want to continue their season after the season, it’s now or never.

Fortunately for Milwaukee, they are not in bad shape to do so. st. Even as Louis retreats with the NL Central crown, the second and third NL Wild Card points are still accessible. The Brewers have a decent schedule to do this, with 11 of their last 13 games against under 500 opponents. They will also go home for the final nine games of the season after the weekend in Cincinnati.

Padres’ Thursday in St. Louis, the Padres, Phillies and Brewers are now within three games for the NL’s final two postseason spots.

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