Willie Bloomquist calls hitting "a battle every day."
These days, he is winning.
Bloomquist has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games after doubling in the ninth inning of Texas' 9-1 victory Tuesday that stopped the Diamondbacks' winning streak at five games. More impressive than the consistency is the volume. Bloomquist has 12 multi-hit games over the same stretch, raising his batting average from .212 to .297.
"You like to think you're trying to find things and figure it out a little, but every day is always a constant grind," he said. "You never have it figured out. That's one thing in this game. You are facing somebody new every day. They have different challenges they are going to bring you and different ways they are going to pitch. You have to have your swing feeling good to go up against them.
"You are never there, as much as you think you are starting to get it right. There is always room for improvement. There is always a new challenge. So you take it day by day and ta...