Milwaukee’s Hitless Journeyman

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The Milwaukee Brewers have a three game lead in the NL Central thanks in part to their high powered offense lead by MVP candidates Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.  However, before Friday night’s game against Houston, Milwaukee shortstop, Craig Counsell, came within one at-bat of tying one of the more dubious records in all of baseball.  Prior to knocking a single into right field in the 9th inning of Friday’s game, the former NLCS MVP had not recorded a hit in 45 at-bats.  The record has stood for over 100 years when in 1909 Dodgers catcher, Bill Bergen, went 0-for-46, the longest streak without a hit for a regular position player.  Counsell’s batting stats have nosed dived.  Counsell entered June 11th’s game with a .345 batting average and now is batting .197 points lower at .148 and has a dismal 2011 OPS of .425!

Fortunately for Counsell, since June 11th, the last day in which he had a hit, the Brewers have gone 28-22 and gained 4.5 games on the Cardinals.

Now that Counsell has avoided the record books he can help Milwaukee attempt to win their first ever NL Central pennant.

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