Hall trying to break out of slump

Hall trying to break out of slump

Hall trying to break out of slump
HOUSTON -- Astros infielder Bill Hall, who's hitting .195 (10-for-51), did not appear on Saturday during the club's 5-3 win over the Padres. The red-hot Matt Downs earned his first start of the year at second base, going 0-for-2 with a walk.

Hall entered Saturday in an 0-for-10 slump and needing just one game to reach 1,000 for his career.

"Sometimes, you're going to get a day off because you're swinging the bat well or you've got to work on something to swing the bat better," Hall said. "I have nothing. I'm swinging the bat well and finding the barrel. Everything is where it's supposed to be, so I really have nothing to work on today.

"It stinks when you're not finding holes," Hall said. "You go a couple of days and hit some balls hard and a couple of balls don't find holes, and you don't get hits. When you go 0-for-4, that makes that day look a lot worse and a lot tougher. I'm going to go out and go through today and hopefully help them in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning."

Hall hopes that when the balls start falling, he'll begin to get hits in bunches.

"When you're swinging the bat well and are not getting hits, that makes it tough," he said. "Watching other guys on other teams take horrible swings and get hits, and I take good swings and [strike the ball] at the bottom of the barrel and not get rewarded, my human nature is to try harder, which is not always a good thing. Hopefully, this turns it around in the next couple of days."

Said manager Brad Mills: "There have been times you really think he's going to get it going and he does get a couple of hits and does hit the ball hard, but he doesn't seem to get over the hump."