MIAMI -- The third time has been a charm for Jeff Bianchi.
After two brief stints with the Brewers earlier in the season -- seven games from July 13-25 and again on Aug. 13 -- Bianchi has started to find a groove in his latest opportunity with the big league club. Since being recalled on Aug. 25, when he picked up his first career hit, Bianchi is batting .349 (8-for-23) with eight RBIs.
"After I got that first hit, I think I really just settled down a little bit," Bianchi said. "I'm getting a little more comfortable."
While Bianchi has been able to settle in at the plate this time around, he has also surprised manager Ron Roenicke with his power. Bianchi has hit three home runs in his last six games, including a three-run shot in Tuesday's 8-4 win at Marlins Park, which has earned a reputation for being a pitcher's park in its inaugural season.
"The three he's hit, he's really crushed," Roenicke said. "I didn't know much about him, and you look at numbers in the Minor Leagues and you don't really see something that shows you he's going to hit balls that hard. They're hit.
"He's a good hitter. He hit over .300; he's been hitting over .300 at Double-A also. He's a good hitter."
Bianchi's performance has likely earned him more playing time at shortstop, where he has split time with Jean Segura, during the final month of the season.
"Originally, we certainly wanted to play Segura," Roenicke said. "We wanted to see what he could do. I think we've seen quite a bit of him now. I think Bianchi is doing well enough that we'll probably play him a little bit more than we have, but they'll both play."