Stewart displays Rockies’ heady hitting
Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart knocked his first spring home run, a shot to right field off Rangers starter Matt Harrison that nearly left Surprise Stadium, in Monday’s 7-6 loss to the Rangers.
But a quieter RBI – a sixth-inning single through the left side of the infield to score Miguel Olivo from second – impressed manager Jim Tracy every bit as much.
Olivo alertly took second on a pitch in the dirt. Stewart changed his game plan, realizing that going with a pitch the other way could change the scoreboard.
“That was a tremendous piece of hitting, an at-bat that you wouldn’t have seen him take last year, being in pull mode as much as he was,” Tracy said.
It was an example of the situational hitting Tracy has called upon this spring.
“I don’t think our hitting approach has actually changed,” Tracy said. “The sensibility of taking advantage of every opportunity to take runs, that’s what’s changed.”