Choi Hits Three Consecutive Homers

Hee-Seop Choi had a series for the ages on June 6-7-8, slugging six home runs including three in succession in a 4-3 win on the 8th. However, the six in three games did not set a new Dodger record, Shawn Green had seven in a three-game series, helped by a four home run game on May 23, 2002. Choi hit two in the series opener and one in the second game before his record-tying performance Sunday.

Choi, 26, hit his first homer in the opening inning for a 1-0 lead over the Brewers. His second game in the fourth and tied the game 3-3. The third -- again a drive into the right field pavilion -- gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead and the victory. Choi struck out on his fourth at-bat.

The 6-5, 240 pound Korean first baseman only hit six home runs in 31 games for the Dodgers after coming to Los Angeles July 30 along with pitcher Brad Penny and minor league pitcher Bill Murphy for catcher Paul Lo Duca, pitcher Guillermo Mota and outfielder Juan Encarnacion

He is the 16th Dodger to collect three homers in a game, including Gil Hodges (1950) and Shawn Green (2002) who hit four and the eighth Los Angeles player to perform the difficult trick.

Brooklyn Dodgers with three include Jake Fournier (1926), Gene Hermanski (1948), Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and Tommy Brown (1950) and Duke Snider for a second time in 1955.

Los Angeles players with three to their credit include: Don Demeter (1959), Jimmy Wynn and Davey Lopes (1974), Cory Snyder (1994), Mike Piazza (1996), Kevin Elster (2000), Shawn Green (2001) and Choi.

Choi is the first Los Angeles player to hit his home runs on consecutive at-bats. Hermanski, Snider, Campanella and Brown did so in Brooklyn

Ed note:A number of sharp-eyed subsacribers noticed we mistakenly used a photo of Kaz Ishii in our story yesterday instead of Choi and called it to our attention. We thank each you and offer our apologies.

Four home runs
Gil Hodges, August 31, 1950 vs Boston
Shawn Green, May 23, 2002 at Milwaukee

Three home runs
Jake Fournier, July 13, 1926 at St. Louis
*Gene Hermanski, August 5, 1948 vs Chicago
*Duke Snider, May 30, 1950 vs Philadelphia
*Roy Campanella, August 26, 1950 vs Cincinnati
*Tommy Brown, September 18, 1950 vs Chicago
Duke Snider, June 1, 1955 vs Boston
*Consecutive home runs

Los Angeles--
Don Demeter, April 21, 1959 vs SFrisco
Jimmy Wynn, May 11, 1974 at SDiego
Davey Lopes, August 20, 1974 at Chicago
Cory Snyder, April 17, 1994 at Pittsburgh
Mike Piazza, June 29, 1996 at Chicago
Kevin Elster, April 11, 2000 at SFrisco
Shawn Green, August 15, 2001 vs Montreal
*Hee-Seop Choi, June 12, 2005 vs Minnesota
*Consecutive home runs