Streak showed Brantley's maturity as hitter

Streak showed Brantley's maturity as hitter

Streak showed Brantley's maturity as hitter
CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley's hitting streak ended Saturday at 22 games. But the effects of the streak will likely stick with Brantley for quite some time.

"He's in a good spot right now at the plate," said Indians manager Manny Acta.

Brantley, who seemingly couldn't buy a hit earlier in the season, finally found some holes for an extended period of games. The Indians center fielder hit a lot of balls hard in April and in early May, but many of them went for outs.

Brantley's success during the longest hitting streak in the Majors this season gave him tangible evidence that he was approaching his at-bats the right way.

"You don't want to make too many mechanical adjustments for that reason," Brantley said, "Because you are hitting the ball, you're just having no luck. You just gotta hope it turns around. Just continue to put good swings on the ball and hopefully find some holes."

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Brantley did it all for the Indians during the streak. He hit .337 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 16 RBIs. He even hit an impressive .333 (9-for-27) off left-handers. The hitting streak was the longest for an Indians hitter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games in 2007.

"It just feels good, because you're helping your team," Brantley said. "The goal is to come out there and play the best you can, and hopefully get hits, score runs and do whatever you can to win ballgames."

Brantley entered Sunday's game against the Pirates hitting .280 with 30 RBIs this season.