Braun working on career-best hitting streak
Brewers outfielder credits consistent approach to terrific season
MILWAUKEE -- Left fielder Ryan Braun didn't want to try and overthink his hit streak. Chalk it up to consistency and discipline at the plate, add in some timely hitting and Braun is pleased with the outcome so far.
With an RBI single in Wednesday's first inning against the Rays, Braun set his career high with a 14-game hit streak and is the only player in the Majors this season with three 10-plus-game hit streaks. His previous 13-game streak -- which dated from May 10 to May 23 -- ended after an ejection in the third inning of a game against the Nationals.
Braun's key to extending the run was simple.
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"Hopefully I don't get ejected," he said before the Interleague finale. "It's cool. The goal is always to strive for consistency as a player, so you know the fact that I've had three 10-plus-game hitting streaks means that I've been pretty consistent with my approach throughout the year."
Braun spent Monday afternoon wrapped in a blanket in the training room due to an upper respiratory infection, and he said he hung around the ballpark after being a late scratch from the lineup just in case a pinch-hit situation arose. He said he continues to feel better each day, and while he wasn't feeling his best on Tuesday, his seventh-inning two-run single extended the streak.
"You put Brauny up in those situations and Brauny against a left hander -- which I know he hasn't driven in a lot of runs off of lefties, which I'm still a little baffled by -- but if I'm left-handed I wouldn't want to face him," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "There's really no place for me to go that I'm comfortable with what pitch I'm going to throw to him."
Kotsay not interested in coaching alma mater
MILWAUKEE -- Mark Kotsay was surprised to hear his name surface as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at Cal State Fullerton. In fact, Kotsay was so taken aback when his dad phoned him about the speculation that the Brewers' utility player just laughed it off.
"Don't get me wrong, the interest of my alma mater and being a part of my alma mater is there, but as far as coaching, it's honestly not the right time in my life to quit my job and be a head coach at a college," Kotsay said. "But you know if they were in consideration of me, it's a great gesture that the school thinks that highly of me to throw me in the mix."
Kotsay said coaching is something he'd like to get in to after his playing days are over, but that the Titans did not have any contact with him about the coaching vacancy. During his days at Cal State Fullerton, Kotsay led the Titans to a national championship in 1995 and was named the Golden Spikes award winner.
Though he has an interest in coaching, Kotsay said his commitment to the Brewers shouldn't be in question.
"They never asked me, but you know it makes for good print back home," he joked. "I made a commitment to this team and this is where I want to be."
Crew wraps up stretch of 20 games in 20 days
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers tried not to think too much about it before it began, but Wednesday's game marked the end of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
The Brewers finished that stretch 11-9, including a four-game sweep on the road against the Marlins and a three-game home sweep of the Cardinals. The team went 6-5 on the road and 5-4 at home, dropping the final three series, but manager Ron Roenicke is pleased with the way his troops handed the grueling schedule.
"They've gone out there, they grind it out, they're out there every day and you don't have to question if they're in the lineup or not," Roenicke said. "The 20 days, they're just tough guys."
With the off-day on Thursday and another one on Monday, the Brewers will be the recipients of some much-needed rest. Roenicke said he doesn't see his team changing anything with the rotation.
"The next time around, I think there are a few guys that will have some extra days," he said. "I know [Zack] Greinke's pitching on seven days. ... We'll try to keep them in order."
Audrey Snyder is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.