ST. LOUIS -- If the Braves are able to snap their seven-game losing skid on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, the club's optional extra batting practice session during the afternoon may have played a part.
"The whole team hit, believe it or not," manager Bobby Cox said.
The afternoon workout was optional, but the Braves got high marks for attendance, with everyone showing up and taking part.
In the Braves' past three games, all one-run losses, Atlanta was a combined 5-for-22 (.227) with runners in scoring position and left 26 on base.
Entering Wednesday's night game, the Braves were last in the National League in batting average (.228) and next to last in home runs (12) and RBIs (71). The only team in the Major Leagues with a worse batting average is the Chicago White Sox (.220), who had an identical record as the Braves (8-12) through the first 20 games.
Cox knows it is only a matter of time before the bats break out.
"It's hard to say we're playing good baseball, but we are," he said.