The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/23/11 — Corey Hart
We could have easily given this “Stat Line of the Night” to “Disco” Dirk Nowitzki for scoring 40 points and dancing all over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA championship hopes last night, but we simply could not ignore the performance put forth by the Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Hart yesterday afternoon.
Hart had yet to hit a home run in his previous 21 games played this season, but he got on the board in a big way against the Washington Nationals with a trio of home runs, or what we like to refer to as a “bat-trick.” His first two came off Nats starter Tom Gorzelanny in the first and fifth innings, while his third would come in the eighth off Doug Slaten. Hart would accumulate a total of seven RBIs – a career-high – leading his Brewers to the 11-3 victory.
With a solid starting rotation and a line-up that includes the likes of Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and Price Fielder, many expected the Brewers to be the cream of the crop in the NL Central, but a rocky start to the season currently has them sitting 3.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for top spot in the division. They have been able to climb back into contention by winning eight of their last ten, and if Corey Hart can start swinging the bat with more consistency, they should be able to continue their assent up the standings. For now, Hart earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, May 23, 2011.