Fear the chin.
His tagline had been "Fear the Beard," but when reinstated off of the disabled list last Monday, Eric Thames experimented with his beard, citing too much free time while recovering from left thumb surgery. On Friday, Thames went with a more clean-shaven look, and he hit his first beardless home run to lead off the bottom of the first for the Brewers on Sunday against the Phillies.
After Rhys Hoskins went deep with a two-run homer off Chase Anderson in the top of the first inning, Thames cut into the Brewers' deficit with a home run of his own against Phillies starter Aaron Nola's fourth pitch of the afternoon.
Thames had not homered since April 18 against the Reds, which was his seventh home run in his first 19 games of the season.
Thames is currently playing a mix of first base and left field in a crowded Brewers lineup, and manager Craig Counsell can surely use his bat right now. Entering Sunday, Milwaukee had scored just four runs combined in its two losses to the Phillies over the past eight days.
Stephen Cohn MLB.com