Milwaukee Brewers slugger Eric Thames finished 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and one RBI during Monday's 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. In doing so, he became the first Brewer since Jeromy Burnitz in 1997 to homer in five straight outings, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Burnitz finished the 1997 season with 27 homers in 494 at-bats, as well as a .934 OPS.
With Monday's showing, Thames also became the first Brewer to go yard seven times in the team's first 14 games since Carlos Lee in 2006. Lee completed that campaign with 37 homers across 624 at-bats, with an .895 OPS.
Thames, who had a career .727 OPS in his first major league stint, spent the past three seasons with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), posting a .317/.425/.790 line last year. He signed a three-year, $15 million contract with Milwaukee last November, which also includes a fourth-year team option.
The Brew Crew, who currently sit with an 8-6 record, are hoping that the 30-year-old can continue being dominant at the plate, as there has been mixed success from players making the switch from KBO to the MLB. That being said, it appears so far that he's gained confidence from playing overseas, as he's currently leading the MLB in OPS (1.479) and home runs (seven).
Thames will try to break Burnitz's record Tuesday when the Brewers take on the Cubs in the second game of the three-game series in Chicago.