Zaun returning to usual numbers at plate
Catcher erasing memories of 0-for-21 start with hot lumber
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun said this would happen. After an 0-for-21 start to the season, his batting average is back where it should be.
Zaun was on the bench Wednesday against the Dodgers -- backup catcher George Kottaras handles Doug Davis' starts -- with a .257 batting average, six points above his career mark entering the season. Since his 0-for-21 start, which matched a club record for a member of the Opening Day roster, Zaun is hitting .367 (18-for-49), including .526 (10-for-19) during a five-game hitting streak. He hit his first home run with the Brewers on Tuesday night.
"I was pretty dumbfounded when I started the season the way I did," Zaun said. "It would have been tougher to handle if I wasn't swinging the bat well. I was hitting the ball hard. I was happy with my at-bats, at least from the left side."
The switch-hitting Zaun had more trouble from the right side of the plate. He was 0-for-16 as a right-handed hitter before getting on the board with some help from hitting coach Dale Sveum, and he has gone 4-for-6 right-handed since.
"He fixed me right away," Zaun said. "It just goes to show that if you're a 10-year player and you hit .250, you can pretty much bet that the numbers are going to end up there again."
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