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ATLANTA - As an extra coach, Dave Brundage doesn't have a major role with the Atlanta Braves. Don't take that to mean, though, that the Gwinnett manager's arrival hasn't had an impact.

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After taking a week off following the G-Braves' elimination from the International League playoffs, Brundage joined Atlanta for the road trip to New York and Washington.

The Braves, of course, won all six of those games. Then they came home to Turner Field and added to their winning streak, putting pressure on Colorado in the National League wild-card race.

Brundage certainly isn't going to accept any credit for the late surge. But as superstitious as baseball players are, you can be sure that the Braves are glad that the extra coach is sticking around for the rest of the season.

"It's been fun to be part of all this," the G-Braves manager said of the wins and the playoff race.

Brundage was up with Seattle a couple of times in September while managing in the Mariners organization. "But they didn't go on a winning streak when I got there," he said.

The Braves annually reward a minor league manager and coach with some major league time at the end of the season. Myrtle Beach hitting coach Rick Albert was up for awhile before Brundage, who is wearing No. 61 with Atlanta rather than his usual No. 45.

"Rick was pretty good, too," Atlanta third base coach Brian Snitker said. "I think we only lost two times when he was with us."

Asked what the extra coach does, Brundage said, "Not all that much."

That really isn't true, though. This season, the extra coach brings a lot of good luck at just the right time.