Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames tied the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run on Monday night, hitting a long ball for his fifth straight game.
The record-tying home run came in the third inning against Chicago Cubs starter John Lackey. It now ties him with former Brewers outfielder Jeromy Burnitz, who did so from Aug. 1-5, 1997.
Thames now takes the major league lead with 7 home runs as of Monday night. His power surge began on Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he went deep for the first time in since April 5. He then homered again on Friday, twice on Saturday, and once more on Sunday, giving him 5 in four games at Great American Ball Park.
Back in the major leagues after spending the past three seasons in the Korean Baseball League, Thames has been able to recreate the power stroke that made him one of the most feared sluggers in all of South Korea.
In three years with the NC Dinos, Thames amassed 124 home runs. His season of dominance in 2015 included 47 home runs, in addition to having batted .381/.497/.727. He walked more than he struck out that season, while stealing 40 bases as well.
The Brewers non-tendered the 2016 National League home run champion in first baseman Chris Carter to make room in the lineup for Thames’ bat on an everyday basis. Thames will make just $4 million this season for Milwaukee, as he is under contract through at least the 2019 year.