"When you're hitting eighth in the lineup, you don't see that many pitches in the zone," said Betancourt, who moved up to seventh on Friday and played first base. "It's my first year hitting a lot eighth, and it's a little harder [than expected]."
He has started 18 games as the Brewers' No. 8 hitter and is batting .172 with a .191 on-base percentage in those games.
"I'm trying to be patient and see the ball, but when your whole career, you swing, it's hard when you're hitting in the eighth spot," Betancourt said. "I feel confident; the last 10 days, 12 days, I feel comfortable hitting the ball and have had hard outs. Sometimes, that's baseball." On Monday against the Twins, the Brewers loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning and Betancourt, batting cleanup, scalded a line drive right at the shortstop for a rally-killing double play. And Thursday night in Minnesota, Betancourt batted in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and the Brewers mounting a comeback, but hit a hard grounder to shortstop that turned into an inning-ending forceout.
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