Tulo sets example for situational hitting

Tulo sets example for situational hitting

DENVER -- One thing that has plagued the Rockies during their dismal stretches away from Coors Field has been poor situational hitting. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hoping such efforts at home will jump-start the team ahead of time.

In Saturday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, Tulowitzki drove one seeing-eye ground ball into right field for an RBI single. Later in the game, he unexpectedly nearly laid down a bunt single.

"It's the type of baseball where if we play the game that way, we're a real good team," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's a thinking-man's player. When you combine that with what he can do physically on the field, he's a very special young player."

After Sunday's series finale, the Rockies will play six of their next seven games -- three against the Giants and three against the Padres, both ahead of Colorado in the National League West standings -- away from home.

Entering Sunday, the club was 42-21 at home while 25-40 on the road. The Rockies have been shut out in four of their last six road losses.

"I don't think I need to deliver a message to these guys," Tulowitzki said. "It's just me playing the game, doing the small things to win games. Just because I'm the four-hole hitter doesn't mean the team expects me to hit home runs. I can get things done in a lot of different ways."