#2 Philadelphia Phillies individual performance: Brad Miller 3-home run game
As a bench player and spot starter on the Phillies, Brad Miller was an unlikely offensive leader against the Chicago Cubs on July 8 at Wrigley Field. He started at first base in a weekday game broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Miller was a quick out in the first inning, grounding out on the second pitch from Adbert Alzolay. With the Phillies ahead 1-0, he faced Alzolay again in the third inning, this time hitting a two-out solo home run.
Miller one-upped his previous at-bat again, when he faced Alzolay in the fifth inning, with a runner on second base and two outs. With two strikes against him, Miller hit a home run along the right-field line to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.
Jean Segura started the seventh inning with a single against Cory Abbott, bringing Miller to the plate, having already worn the home run hat twice. He proved that he had the hot hand on the first pitch, hitting another home run along the right-field line to complete the hat trick. This marked his first career three-home run game, with the feat coming in his ninth major league season.
Brad Miller stat line: 3-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI