Quick learner: Cozart back in form after slump

Quick learner: Cozart back in form after slump

PITTSBURGH -- Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart had been struggling as pitchers got the book on him. But lately, he has re-ignited after figuring some things out.

Cozart has learned that adjustments come much faster in the Majors than in Triple-A.

"It's a cat-and-mouse game all year. It will keep being that way," Cozart said. "Scouting reports are all over the place. At Triple-A, a team might not even know who you are, much less [have] seen you hit or struggle with a certain pitch. They adjusted to me here once I was seeing the ball better. I had to adjust to them once they started throwing me a certain way."

During the previous seven-game road trip through Atlanta and New York, Cozart was 2-for-26. Entering Monday, when he did not start vs. the Pirates, the 26-year-old had hit safely in seven of eight games while batting .303 (10-for-33). He was 1-for-9 in the past two games, however.

Overall, Cozart came in batting .243 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

"Everybody is going to have those streaks, 0-for-10, 1-for-14 or whatever it is," Cozart said. "You just have to get out of it as quick as possible. If the pitchers are throwing a certain way and keep getting you out, they'll keep doing it. The quicker you can make the adjustment, the better."

Cozart has also made some exceptional defensive plays the past few days.

"For me, that's what I always fall back on," he said. "If I'm not hitting or the offense isn't there that particular day, hopefully I can make some plays. When I go home at night, I feel good helping the team win as much with defense as hitting."