Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/13/12

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 the Texas Rangers' 9-1 victory Tuesday that stopped the Arizona 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 take each day as a new challenge."

Bloomquist has been the D-backs' regular shortstop this season, continuing the role he assumed after Stephen Drew suffered a season-ending right ankle injury on July 20, 2011. The D-backs were 47-27 in games Bloomquist and late-August acquisition John McDonald started at short last season, and the two have done the job this season while Drew enters what appears to be the final stage of his recovery.

A table-setter, Bloomquist bats either first or second in the lineup. In his last 19 games, he is hitting .395 (34-for-86) with four doubles, two triples and 15 runs. He has 11 doubles this year, already surpassing his total from 97 games last year. He still continues to strive.

"It's an ongoing process, with me working tirelessly trying to get it to where I feel like I can do something when I am in the box to help our team win. For me, it's constant, a constant battle. I'm just having a little bit more luck. Hopefully I'll continue to find holes and figure out ways to get on base," Bloomquist said.

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