- Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOUSTON -- It has come to this for Prince Fielder -- at least for now -- he’s hitting the ball to left field to beat the defensive shifts he faces every at-bat.
He went 2-for-4 with that approach in Tuesday night’s 8-0 loss to Houston.
He was thrown out at second base trying to stretch a single into a double. He was initially called safe after hitting the ball down the left-field line, but after a 2:40 minute replay review, he was ruled out.
Later, he reached on an infield single when he beat the throw from third baseman Matt Dominguez, who was playing a few feet from second base. Dominguez had to go deep in the hole where the shortstop normally plays to reach the ball.
“(Keuchel) was throwing some good pitches and if I try to pull it, I’m just going to roll it over,” Fielder said. “A hit is a hit. Until I feel more comfortable it’s a way to get some hits.
“It’s better than hitting a line drive out because they have seven people on the right side of the field.”
Fielder is hitting .243 this season with three home runs and 14 RBIs. Only 10 of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases.
“It’s about the approach,” Fielder said. “When you take a good approach and have a good at-bat, you can live with the results.”