A two-out error by Hall prolonged the third inning just long enough for J.A. Happ to serve up a grand slam to Dodgers rookie Jerry Sands. On top of opening the floodgates for four unearned runs, Hall went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
"I feel like I kind of lost the game for us," Hall said.
He'd done just about everything humanly possible to win Monday's game. On top of going 4-for-4 with two doubles, Hall was on the front end of a double steal that helped the Astros push across three ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles. For good measure, Hall made a tough play to get a forceout on a Matt Kemp smash up the middle. The Dodger who hit the ball that Hall couldn't handle Tuesday: Kemp.
"You want to, but you're not going to come out and get four hits every game," Hall said. "It's just the law of averages. You go up there and you try to put up a good at-bat, hope he makes a mistake to you, and you put it in play hard. Whatever happens, happens."
Hall came up with the tying run in scoring position with two outs in the sixth inning and struck out against RHP Chad Billingsley. As the tying run at the plate in the ninth, Hall lashed an 0-2 pitch from rookie reliever Javy Guerra homer distance down the left field line -- just foul. He struck out on the next pitch, and the Astros missed a chance at their second three-game winning streak of the season.
"Good hitters hit mistake pitches; I didn't get a mistake pitch until that last pitch," Hall said. "I'm going to come out (Wednesday), and if they give me something over the heart of the plate, I'm going to do my best to drive it and hit it hard. My confidence didn't go anywhere. I still feel good about my swing and what's going to happen the rest of the season."
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