was offered the same piece of hitting advice over and over: Quit being so picky and patient. Start hacking.
The message clicked. A more aggressive Stewart hit a grand slam and a solo shot in the
' 12-1 win over the
on Tuesday night.
''We saw more swings tonight in one game than we'd seen in a lot of at-bats,'' Rockies manager
said. ''That's what we've talked about. A swinging bat is a dangerous bat.''
Stewart was taking too many pitches as he waited for the perfect one. Instead, he was looking at his fair share of called
So he adopted a more assertive approach.
''But it's something I'm working on and need to work on,'' said Stewart, who was hitless in his last 10 at-bats before his
homer in the fourth. ''I'm trying to put the ball in play.''
Stewart's second career grand slam came on a fastball from reliever
in the fifth inning. His five RBIs tied a career high.
Even more, he's looking like the hitter Hurdle remembers from spring training. The one who wasn't so selective.
''I don't know exactly what he was looking for at times, but if you gear up to hit the ball, you've got a chance,'' Hurdle
said. ''I just felt sometimes he was trying to figure too much out when the ball's in flight. The game's too quick up for
here for that to happen.''
finished with four hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in a career-high five runs.
added a two-run homer in the third.
(3-4) turned in his third straight solid start, scattering seven hits and giving up one run over seven innings. He's now allowed
just five runs over his last 21 innings.
The hard-throwing Jimenez struck out four as his fastball hit 98 mph at times. He also had pinpoint command, walking none.
''Finally, a game without a walk,'' he said, smiling.
Jimenez did have two pitches get away from him, sending
diving for the dirt on two balls near his head.
Nothing personal, he insisted.
''Wanted to go inside, got away,'' Jimenez admitted. ''But everything is getting better, especially my fastball.''
will vouch for that.
''I don't think people realize the movement he has,'' said Berkman, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three
games with a sore left wrist. ''It makes it tough when you're facing a guy like that. I know his ERA isn't great, but he's
the kind of guy that can absolutely dominate and he did tonight.''
(1-3) was roughed up in his first appearance against Colorado, giving up eight runs - seven earned - and seven hits in four
Paulino was taking
's spot in the rotation after Ortiz was moved into the bullpen.
''I thought Paulino threw the ball OK, he just wasn't quite as crisp and sharp as he had been in the past,'' Astros manager
said. ''I thought he got squeezed a little bit as well. He just didn't make enough quality pitches.''
Colorado pushed across a run in the first when Hawpe blooped a double to left that scored
, who showed no lingering issues from a tweaked left quadriceps muscle that led to him being replaced late in a win over Florida
The smooth-fielding shortstop said leaving the game Sunday was simply precautionary.
Tulowitzki missed 46 games last season when he tore the quadriceps tendon in the same leg.
''The extent of the injury is not even close,'' said Tulowitzki, who finished 2 for 4 on Tuesday.
Notes: Stewart's other grand slam was against Pittsburgh on Aug. 21, 2007. ... Lee turned in a nifty play in left field, robbing
of a home run in the fourth when he jumped at the base of the wall and reached over to bring back the ball.