Bryce Brentz isn't necessarily a superstitious person, but even he will admit he's not going to change a routine when it's working. For example, the Boston's No. 2 prospect recently decided to chew neither gum nor sunflower seeds during games.
Don't expect to see him with either any time soon.
A day after going after 5-for-5 at the plate, Brentz recorded a hit -- two single and a double -- in his first three at-bats Monday to give him hits in eight straight consecutive plate appearances. The Sea Dogs outfielder/designated hitter finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI as Portland triumphed over Reading, 2-1.
"Baseball's a funny sport, you know," Brentz said. "Every time you get a bad streak going, you get a hot one like this. You try to stay even keel, but at the same time, you've got to ride it and enjoy it."
In his last 10 games including Monday's performance, the 36th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, is hitting .474 (18-for-38) with two hits or more in six of those contests. He is hitting .294 on the season, nearly three weeks after the number sat as low as .195 on April 24.
Brentz, ranked as MLB.com's No. 59 prospect, acknowledged that he does have one routine that he has attempted to keep during his recent run of success.