Gattis went hitless in his first five games of the season but has managed a hit in each of his last three games, culminating with his first home run of the year Wednesday.
"It was pretty exciting when he got back to the dugout," manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per the Associated Press. "Everyone in that clubhouse knows how much he's grinding to try to break out. So maybe this is a sign of things to come. He certainly takes every at-bat as if it's his last at-bat."
Even with the homer, Gattis has hit just .094/.121/.188 in 32 at-bats.
Gattis, who arrived in Houston via trade wth Atlanta, slammed 82 extra-base hits with the Braves over the last two years combined. He has two measly singles so far in 2015.
"There's always an adjustment to a new team," Hinch told MLB Network Radio. "There's probably a little extra frustration when the hits aren't coming."
The good news for Gattis is that his two hits have come in the last two games, indicating that he could be emerging from his slump.
Gattis entered the day 0 for 20 at the plate and extended the hitless run to 23 at-bats, making the final out in an inning twice. He wasn then able to single to lead off the ninth inning to finally get on the board.
"It's been a grind for him to get a hit," manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He hit the ball on the nose early in the game. He cares a lot and works hard. He's a good hitter and he's going to get hits. The timing of the year really exaggerated what he was going through. He's hit the ball on the nose a number of times these first six or seven games. Evan Gattis will get plenty of hits for us."
Gattis's hitless streak actually dates back to last season, as his last hit with the Braves came on Sept. 6. All in all, he went 37 straight at-bats without recording a hit.
"It's early," Hinch said. "It's not a ton of at-bats. No one is more frustrated than him. He's not used to having stretches like that, but he's a pro. He's a good player, and he's going to make adjustments. I have very little concern about Evan and how productive he's going to be."
Hinch also flip-flopped struggling DH
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