Arenado remaining focused despite slump

Arenado remaining focused despite slump

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies rookie Nolan Arenado had gone hitless in 15 at-bats over five games before his eighth-inning single ended Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright's no-hit bid on Saturday.

The sense was Arenado deserved to be the one to keep the Rockies away from negative history. Manager Walt Weiss said Arenado, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 28, has maintained confidence and fundamentals throughout his slump.

"Nolan's swinging the bat really well," Weiss said of Arenado, who doubled in his first at-bat on Sunday against the Cardinals. "The average doesn't necessarily say that, but he's barreled up a lot of balls that have been outs. He's handled himself really well.

"You keep your eye on guys, particularly young guys. If they start to get beat up a little bit, that's when I'll give them a day. But for me, he's playing a helluva third base and he's putting together a lot of very good at-bats."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.