by Adam McClavy, MLB.com
Prince Fielder clapped his hands when the baseball reached the seats — partly because he’d just tied the game with a two-run home run and partly because he’d just become the 15th-youngest player in Major League history to reach the 200-homer plateau.
Fielder’s blast was a two-run shot in the fifth inning of what devolved into a 13-6 Brewers loss to the Padres on Wednesday. It made Fielder the fifth player to hit 200 home runs in a Brewers uniform.
“At the time, I was excited because it tied the game up,” Fielder said. “Now, it’s cool from an individual standpoint, but we lost.”
The Padres rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning, muting Fielder’s enthusiasm.
The same fan who caught Geoff Jenkins’ 200th home run in 2007 caught Fielder’s milestone baseball. After Fielder spoke with reporters, he was to meet the fan and trade an autographed bat for the ball.
Fielder needs one more home run to tie Cecil Cooper for fourth-most in Brewers history. Hall of Famer Robin Yount is the franchise’s all-time leader with 251 homers. Jenkins is second with 212, followed by Gorman Thomas at 208 and Cooper at 201.