Eric Thames, who played the last three years in Korea, is off to as hot a start as anyone in Major League Baseball, batting .405 with an MLB-leading seven home runs through the first 14 games of the season.
He’s also currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and last night became the first Brewer in 20 years — and only the second in club history — to hit home runs in five consecutive games. Jeromy Burnitz was the first to do it in August 1997.
“I can’t even describe it,” Thames said after the game, in which the Brewers beat the Cubs 6-3 at Wrigley Field to move to 8-6 on the season and 6-1 away from Miller Park. “I’m just excited to be back here (in the Major Leagues).”
Thames was drafted by the Blue Jays out of Pepperdine University in 2008 and made his Major League debut in 2011. After two seasons in Toronto, he played one year with Seattle and one year in the minor leagues before heading to Korea, where he was named MVP of the Korean league in 2015. The Brewers signed him prior to Spring Training this year.
“It’s as good as I’ve ever seen anybody be at baseball for a two-week period,” left fielder Ryan Braun told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. “”It’s been a lot of fun to watch.”
Thames will rewrite the record books if he’s able to get ahold of one tonight as the Brewers face the Cubs again with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Brett Anderson is slated to pitch for Chicago and Jimmy Nelson will take the mound for the Brewers.