Bourn itching to start new hitting streak

Bourn itching to start new hitting streak

Bourn itching to start new hitting streak
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Bourn is philosophical about his 12-game hitting streak, which came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance on Wednesday afternoon in Chicago.

"It was nice and all, but I've got a lot of games left and I'll get another one going," he said. "You've just got to start counting all over again."

Bourn, the hottest leadoff hitter in the National League, came within one game of his career best 13-game run. He is hoping to pass that total sometime this season.

"I feel like I'm on a team that's full of good hitters and I'm learning from them," Bourn said. "I ask a lot of questions and everyone's been a big help. I just process the information they give me, and it's made me a much better hitter."

Bourn had hit safely in 23 of his last 26 games entering Friday's opener against the Cardinals. He went 19-for-54 (.352) during the hitting streak.

Acquired from the Astros last July, Bourn is batting .319 with 21 runs and 11 stolen bases. He ignites an attack that is second in the league in runs scored with 166. Bourn, who has 12 multihit games this season, is second in the NL in hits (43) and batting average.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez is overjoyed with Bourn's performance to date.

"I said early in Spring Training I was looking forward to a whole year of watching Michael Bourn," Gonzalez said. "So far, I'm really, really pleased with what he brings to the table."

Bourn had reached base via hit or walk in 47 of his previous 100 trips to the plate prior to Friday's contest.

He's the same guy every single day," Gonzalez said. "No matter how he's doing, he is a professional who just loves to play the game."

The Braves have used 22 different starting lineups this season, but Bourn is the lone constant leading off and playing center field in all 32 games.