Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Just once did Michael Bourn successfully try to hit a home run – and that came at the Double-A level.
However, Bourn is showing some power this season. The leadoff hitter had his seventh home run, two more than his previous best, Tuesday to lead off the Braves’ first inning. It was his third leadoff homer of the year.
“I just hit the ball in the right spot,” said Bourn, who hit a cutter off Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson. “I feel like I’m strong enough to do it but if you hit the ball in the right spot on the bat, it’ll go. That’s all I’m doing.”
Bourn went 2-for-5 in the series opener. He entered Wednesday’s game with a .312 average and leads the majors with 13 games with three or more hits.
“I think he has a pretty good baseball swing and he’s a strong kid,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “You get him in the wheelhouse he can [hit the ball] out of the ball park. He’s not one of those guys who will chop the ball and run. He is a guy that can hit the ball out of the ball park, hit balls in the gap.”
Power is one thing, but Bourn said he wants to become a complete player.
“I want to work on having an all-around game, I do,” Bourn said. “But I don’t think just home runs are the key. I think you have to work on everything. I can bunt. I’m OK at it. I’m talking about being good at it. I want to be good at bunting because it’ll open up the whole field for you. I think it’s something I can work on, especially down to third.”
- Carroll Rogers contributed to this report.