Those kinds of hits usually indicate that a batter is keeping his head in and not pulling off the ball, which often is a sign that he's breaking out of a slump.
"Everything I've gotten has been to the opposite field," Bruce said before Saturday's game. "I feel fine. It's early."
Manager Dusty Baker learned a long time ago from former Dodgers outfielder Tommy Davis that going the other way can be an effective way to get a bat back on track.
"[Davis] won a couple of batting titles and an RBI title," Baker pointed out. "He told me that going to the off field is a good way to march your way back."
Bruce went 2-for-6 in Saturday's game to raise his average to .208.
Mark Schmetzer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.