HOUSTON -- After hitting 18 home runs this year at Triple-A Las Vegas prior to being traded to the Astros, rookie first baseman Brett Wallace was still waiting on his first homer after 37 at-bats as a Major Leaguer entering Monday's game.
"It would be nice, but honestly my biggest thing is taking good swings," said Wallace, who was hitting .270 with five RBIs. "I'm going to try not to think about it and try not to rush it, but being a guy that hit home runs in the Minor Leagues, you definitely would like to get that first one out of the way."
Rookie third baseman Chris Johnson, who leads the National League in hitting since the All-Star break, said hitting his first career homer earlier this year at Wrigley Field eased his mind. Wallace certainly can relate.
"Your first hit, your first run and things like that you think, 'Man, I haven't done that in the big leagues yet,'" said Wallace, who hit 46 homers in 1,119 career Minor League at-bats. "For me, I think, if you get the first one, you calm down and you realize if you hit home runs you can hit them here, and if you can hit for a high average you're going to do it here, too. The biggest thing for me is to get comfortable and keep grinding and be loose."