Mired in a 3-for-30 slump, the Athletics' No. 2 prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Wednesday as Double-A Midland rallied for a 7-6, 11-inning victory over Northwest Arkansas.
After hitting into a forceout and scoring in the first inning, Choice slugged a solo homer -- his fourth -- in the third. He singled and stole second in the fifth, singled and scored again in the sixth, singled in the eighth and was intentionally walked in the 10th in his final plate appearance.
"I just kind of relaxed finally," Choice said. "I've been putting a little extra on myself at the plate. Today, I did some early hitting with our coach, Tim Garland, and we talked about the approach. Today, I was a bit more relaxed."
This season, his first in the Texas League, has proven to be a bit of struggle for Choice. He's batting .263 with 23 RBIs and has a .704 OPS in 49 games.
"There are days where you feel like you're overmatched and then there are days where you hit the ball on the screws four times and it gets caught," Choice said. "It can wear on you, but you have to keep playing hard and things will change."
After hitting 30 homers last season for Class A Advanced Stockton, Choice has seen his power numbers dip. The 2010 first-round Draft pick has only nine extra-base hits and thinks the league has played a role.
"I would definitely say it's the difference in wind," Choice said. "In the Texas League, the ball doesn't jump like in other leagues. So far, everywhere we've played it's been a crosswind, so the ball doesn't get out too many places unless you hit it right down the line.
"As far as what I've done, I've kept my same approach. Everything you do, you have to know that if you keep doing things the right way, you'll have success."
Josh Barfield delivered a walk-off homer in the 11th for the RockHounds, who got three RBIs from Michael Spina.
Eric Duncan homered, tripled and drove in three runs for the Naturals.