MILWAUKEE -- Since dipping to a season-low batting average of .103 on April 17, first baseman Jeff Clement has quietly put together a nice string of at-bats over the past week to push his average back over the Mendoza Line.
Clement's three hits on Tuesday gave him five in his past 12 at-bats. He has also hit safely in five of his past six starts after going hitless in his previous five.
Clement's .208 average heading into Thursday's season finale vs. the Brewers surely doesn't represent where the converted infielder wants to be. But after a dismal two weeks at the plate to begin the season, it's at least a start in the right direction.
"I'm just looking for consistency," Clement said. "I know I've got the ability to do it. But having the ability to do it and getting it done are two different things. I've just got to go out there and get it done on a daily basis. Obviously, I felt good [on Tuesday] and felt like I swung the bat well. I've got to keep that going."
One of Clement's three hits on Tuesday left the park, giving him two homers in his past five games. He went deep just once in his first 12 contests.