DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy and Ian Stewart had a candid conversation in Tracy's office Saturday afternoon, about Stewart not playing in that evening's game against the Padres. Still, Stewart had a wry smile on his face.
The Colorado third baseman knew full well he was 0-for-8 with six strikeouts lifetime against Padres starter Wade LeBlanc. And despite Stewart's recent hot streak, Tracy was holding him out.
Sure enough, Stewart was back at it on Sunday.
Starting at third for the series finale, Stewart entered the game 8-for-19 with four extra-base hits -- including two homers -- and 10 RBIs through nine games of the homestand.
"That is the player we know he's capable of being day in and day out," Tracy said.
Stewart hit a dismal .167 in June, but has bounced back to hit .421 in July. He had six RBIs, including a two-run homer and the Rockies' first grand slam of the year, on Friday.
"I'm just trying to be aggressive," Stewart said. "That's the way my mentality's been the last couple weeks when I've had some good at-bats."