So when one like High Desert's Dennis Raben has already homered twice through three innings and is awaiting his next at-bat, there's really only one thing to wonder about.
"I thought about it in the dugout because I never had three homers in a game before," he said. "Guys were giving me a hard time."
But Raben ended up getting hard high-fives after he rebounded from an 0-2 hole, worked the count even and collected another longball for his career-best six-RBI game in the Class A Advanced Mavericks' 13-7 victory over the visiting Lake Elsinore Storm.
The cleanup man has homered in three straight games, but the more impressive numbers span seven games -- four longballs and 18 RBIs.
"The guys at the front of the order are doing a good job of getting on," Raben said, "and I am not missing pitches right now."
The 66th overall pick in the 2008 Draft by the Mariners also grabbed the Minor League lead in RBIs with 66 and is setting the Cal League pace in homers with 17.
Raben, a 23-year-old University of Miami product, had all of 20 homers and 66 RBIs in 2010 between Class A Clinton and High Desert.
The slugger's campaign was actually cut short in August due to an injury that required back surgery. Raben had already missed all of 2009 due to knee surgery.
"I said 'I have been through this with my knee, so I just have to keep with it and rehab,'" he recalled. "I feel great now. Everything is coming together."
Raben, who went 4-for-5 on the night, drove in all six runs in the game's first five innings. He went deep off of three different Storm pitchers and knocked in another run with a second-inning single.
Lake Elsinore's Robert Lara, the third of five hurlers to appear, retired Raben on a flyout in the seventh that did not approach the warning track.
Raben's best previous single-game performance occurred on May 26, 2010. Playing for the Mavericks against the Modesto Nuts, he belted two homers and collected a then-career-high five RBIs. He also drew four walks in his six plate appearances that day.
"As far as individually, it's definitely one of the highlights of my career," he said Sunday.
No. 3 hitter Vinnie Catricala also contributed to a Mavericks' attack, which produced 12 runs in the game's first three frames. Catricala went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs.
Like Lake Elsinore counterpart Mike Watt (2-7), High Desert starter James Gillheeney struggled. Gillheeney (4-3) allowed six runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko hit his 15th homer of the season, a solo shot, off of Gillheeney in the opening inning. Gyorko's 63 RBIs are second only to Raben.