DENVER -- When Troy Tulowitzki went down in late May, the Rockies slid Michael Cuddyer -- who had been hitting sixth -- into Tulowitzki's cleanup spot.
Cuddyer has a better average in the No. 4 spot than he did in the sixth (.265 to .262), and he's nabbed 22 RBIs. But to keep Cuddyer from dragging, Rockies manager Jim Tracy put Ramon Hernandez in the cleanup spot on Sunday, the second time in three days Hernandez has started there. Cuddyer batted fifth.
"My thought process is to take a bit of the onus Michael Cuddyer is shouldering," Tracy said. "Hitting fourth, that's not really what we signed him up to do in the wintertime. And Hernandez has hit there in his career."
Hernandez, reinstated from the disabled list on July 13 after missing 42 games with a left hand strain, had a career .500 average against Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (3-for-6), with one home run, entering Sunday's game.
"He has some history with Hamels," Tracy said. "The bottom line is regardless of where I hit Ramon and Michael, when you're hitting in the middle of the order, the game is going to find you in run-producing situations. But to take a bit of the burden off [Cuddyer] makes sense."