McCann finding groove at midway point

McCann finding groove at midway point

PHILADELPHIA -- After struggling most of the first half, Brian McCann has been sizzling at the plate. The Braves catcher entered Sunday's first-half finale against the Phillies with a homer and at least two RBIs in three straight games.

He then proceeded to drive in two more runs, including the game-winning homer in the seventh inning that lifted the Braves to a 4-3 win and a sweep of the Phillies to close out the season's first half.

McCann, who is now hitting .238 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs, said he went back to the basics of hitting and tried to erase his struggles from his mind. He credited his father and his brother, a former All-American at Clemson, for helping him out.

"I went 240 at-bats of struggling and sometimes you just have to hit the reset button, and that's kind of what I did," McCann said on Sunday.

McCann has torched the Phillies this season. In all five games in which he's played against Philadelphia this season, McCann is 8-for-22 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

"He's a big-time player," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He rises up to competition. He knows it's a big series. He's produced. He's starting to swing the bat here in the last four, five, six games. He's been swinging the bat really well. That's good going into the break, and then hopefully coming out of it he'll be fine."