After career day, Ishikawa back in lineup

After career day, Ishikawa back in lineup

After career day, Ishikawa back in lineup
HOUSTON -- Travis Ishikawa would like to be an everyday player. The numbers over his 10 starts this season present a strong case for it. He was in the starting lineup for the Brewers on Wednesday against the Astros, hitting in the seventh spot and playing first base.

In his 10 previous starts this season, Ishikawa hit .364 (12-for-33) with four homers and 11 RBIs. That includes his first career multihomer game as well as a career-high five RBIs on Tuesday.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that matchups are the key to his decision.

"I think, obviously, I should put Ishikawa back out there tonight, but I think the matchup is pretty good there, too," Roenicke said. "He's faced [Houston starter Bud Norris] before. He's got a homer off of him.

"If he was 0-for-8 against him with four punch outs, I probably wouldn't have him in. It's not necessarily fair to him, but that's the matchup that I see."

Milwaukee's veteran first baseman has learned to relax at the plate in whatever role he's called upon to play.

"I think a lot of it is just maturity, being in this game for so long now and knowing how the game works, finally understanding that you can't get a hit every time you go up to the plate even though you want to," Ishikawa said.

"Baseball is just a funny game that way, where you can be 0-for-whatever but you get that one hit to break that slump could be a game-winner and everything's great. You've got to keep that in perspective -- that any moment it'll switch for you just like that."