Betancourt one of the hottest hitters in the NL

Betancourt one of the hottest hitters in the NL

MILWAUKEE -- Yuniesky Betancourt has been one of the best hitters in the National League for the past few weeks.

Betancourt, who homered for the only run in Milwaukee's 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, started to get hot in mid-June and was batting .337 since June 20 entering Sunday, the second-highest average in the NL in that span (Daniel Murphy of the Mets is at .368).

"He's driving in runs, had a big homer last night," manager Ron Roenicke said. "A lot of hard outs, too. He's not chasing as many breaking balls down in the dirt like he was earlier. He is doing a lot of things offensively where you can say why he's improving."

Betancourt said he cleared his mind during the All-Star break. It's seemed to work, as the shortstop has batted .374 (37-99) since then entering Sunday.

Manager Ron Roenicke held Betancourt out of the starting lineup for consecutive games July 16-17.

"Right after that, he took off," Roenicke said.