After struggling through most of May, Troy Tulowitzki looks
primed for a big June.
Tulowitzki and the visiting Colorado Rockies try for
back-to-back wins for the first time in almost three weeks as they
close a three-game set with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Colorado (27-30), which last won two in a row May 16 and 17
against San Francisco (32-26), has recorded three runs or fewer in
10 of its last 11 games but managed to defeat the Giants 2-1 on
Tulowitzki, whose .209 average in May was his lowest in a month
with at least eight since batting .200 in April 2009, went 3 for 4
and drove in a run to help the Rockies snap a six-game losing
streak at AT&T Park.
“You never know when you’re going to get on one of those
streaks,” Tulowitzki said. “I’ve definitely put in the work in the
batting cages. To have success on a day we win is rewarding.”
Though the All-Star shortstop has just five RBIs and no homers
in his last 16 games, he is batting .421 while hitting safely in
all five games of Colorado’s current nine-game trip.
“This is what he has coming to him,” manager Jim Tracy said.
“Several of the balls he’s hit have been vicious line drives that
end up in a fielder’s glove. Sooner or later those things are going
Tulowitzki will look to stay hot at the plate against Ryan
Vogelsong (3-1, 1.77 ERA), who has allowed one run or less in five
consecutive starts. He gave up one over five innings but didn’t
factor in the decision of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss at St. Louis.
In his only career start versus Colorado, the right-hander held
the Rockies to one hit and one walk over 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0
home win May 8. He has a 0.38 ERA in four home games this
Vogelsong will be opposed by Jason Hammel (3-5, 3.89), who is
0-4 with a 5.40 ERA over his last five starts.
The right-hander is coming off one of the poorest outings of his
career. He allowed season worsts of seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3
innings of Monday’s 7-1 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I’m going to forget about this one,” Hammel told the Rockies’
official website. “Not good … a lot of strikes but a lot of bad
Hammel is 0-1 in four career starts at San Francisco despite a
Aubrey Huff has gone 7 for 15 with two homers against him, but
he’s hitless in seven at-bats in this series following a
three-homer game at St. Louis. Andres Torres is 4 for 9 with three
homers off Hammel.
Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who received a routine day
off Saturday, is batting .442 with three homers during a 10-game
hitting streak versus the Rockies. His .362 career average against
Colorado is his second-highest against any NL opponent.
San Francisco, which has lost three straight one-run games at
home after winning its first 11, was 0 for 3 with men in scoring
“We had some early chances and squandered a couple of good
opportunities,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We couldn’t get a hit
with runners in scoring position and when you’re in a tight game
like that, that’s what it takes.”