With an RBI single in Wednesday's first inning against the Rays, Braun set his career high with a 14-game hit streak and is the only player in the Majors this season with three 10-plus-game hit streaks. His previous 13-game streak -- which dated from May 10 to May 23 -- ended after an ejection in the third inning of a game against the Nationals.
Braun's key to extending the run was simple.
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"Hopefully I don't get ejected," he said before the Interleague finale. "It's cool. The goal is always to strive for consistency as a player, so you know the fact that I've had three 10-plus-game hitting streaks means that I've been pretty consistent with my approach throughout the year."
Braun spent Monday afternoon wrapped in a blanket in the training room due to an upper respiratory infection, and he said he hung around the ballpark after being a late scratch from the lineup just in case a pinch-hit situation arose. He said he continues to feel better each day, and while he wasn't feeling his best on Tuesday, his seventh-inning two-run single extended the streak.
"You put Brauny up in those situations and Brauny against a left hander -- which I know he hasn't driven in a lot of runs off of lefties, which I'm still a little baffled by -- but if I'm left-handed I wouldn't want to face him," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "There's really no place for me to go that I'm comfortable with what pitch I'm going to throw to him."