Bourn trying to get back to first-half form

Bourn trying to get back to first-half form

Bourn trying to get back to first-half form
MILWAUKEE -- As leadoff hitter Michael Bourn goes, so go the Braves.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise they managed just one run in the first two games of the series against the Brewers. After all, Bourn did go 0-for-8 with two strikeouts.

"That's part of how my role is," Bourn said. "I accept it. It's no problem with me. I like it."

So what can the club do to get Bourn swinging a hot bat again like he was early in the season? Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the center fielder had been working with hitting coach Greg Walker on a few small changes.

Bourn would not share any specifics Wednesday afternoon, but did say he's been looking at some things with Walker.

"Walk told me just a little something here, and that he [doesn't] want me trying to change this and that too much," Bourn said. "'Just stay with what you've been doing, and things will happen.'"

After batting .311 going into the All-Star break, Bourn has hit at just a .228 clip in the second half. He has just 12 extra-base hits over that 57-game span, while striking out 64 times and picking up 29 walks.

Without his presence on base in front of the Braves' big bats, it makes creating runs more difficult.

"He causes problems on the basepaths when he's on. He creates runs with his legs," Gonzalez said. "We've got to get him going. And we will."