Merrifield's only regret Wednesday came when, representing the tying run in the ninth, he struck out, ending the game.
"I feel like I get a little amped up at times," he said. "I didn't do a good job that last at-bat. I need to just try to pick up the ball and put a barrel on it."
So far, Merrifield hasn't noticed a ton of difference between Triple-A pitching and the big leagues.
"The ball moves a little bit more here," he said. "There's a little more velo, consistently. But they have to throw it over the plate just like everywhere else. My job is to make sure I stay disciplined and put a barrel on it."
Merrifield may even have a bit of an advantage, because opponents have virtually no history on him to analyze.
"Maybe," he said. "But I try not to think about what the pitcher is doing to me personally. I just try to pick up the ball. When I start thinking about what he's going to throw here or there, I get in trouble.
"When I'm at my best, it's just seeing the ball and hitting it."
So far, that's all he's been doing through his first six games in the Major Leagues.