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SAN FRANCISCO -- Miguel Montero entered Monday's game 2-for-19 through the first six games of this road trip, but the D-backs catcher is not overly concerned.

"I feel all right, I don't feel bad," Montero said. "Just haven't got a hit. I'm seeing the ball good. I'm laying off too many good pitches and swinging at too many bad pitches. I just have to make the transition to swing at the good pitches and lay off the bad pitches."

Don't misunderstand: Montero is not pleased with the numbers, but he also understands that it's a long season and he knows that things have a way of evening themselves out, especially when you have a track record of being a good hitter like he does.

What bothers him most is not coming through with runners in scoring position and a chance to break open a game.

Yet each day he comes to the park, he said, he thinks could be the day that he turns it around.

"Obviously you want to get hits and especially at key moments," Montero said. "I've had a couple of opportunities to bring a couple of guys in and change a game, but it's part of the game; everyone goes through it. I don't feel like I'm in a slump; I don't feel like I'm struggling. I'm just not getting any hard hits. It will come. Today could be different. One day I'm going to wake up and feel good at the plate."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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