Rockies tie record with 12 2Bs through 2 games
Colorado matches 1912 Giants; Tulo happy hits are coming on the road
MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies matched a 103-year-old Major League record Tuesday night, but shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was more satisfied that their performance flies in the face of the team's history.
With six doubles in Tuesday night's 5-2 victory over the Brewers, the Rockies have 12 doubles through the season's first two games to tie the 1912 New York Giants for the Major League record. But Tulowitzki is more concerned with the Rockies, beginning their 23rd year.
"What sticks out to me when I hear that is that I'm really happy that it's on the road," Tulowitzki said. "The first thing we would hear if we are at home was about how it's a hitters' ballpark, and [we] are at home, so that's why all the doubles. So wait until [we] go on the road."
We're a long way from knowing whether the Rockies are on the road to something really big -- like a second winning record away from Coors Field (2009 was the only one). But for two games against the Brewers, the Rockies displayed patient hitting that can play anywhere.
Tulowitzki, who went 2-for-5 and improved to 70-for-170 (.412) in his career against the Brewers, began Tuesday night's doubles parade to open the fourth inning. Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson also doubled in the three-run frame against Matt Garza, who gave up eight hits and four runs in five innings.
The Rockies then opened the next three frames with doubles, by Carlos Gonzalez, Nick Hundley and Justin Morneau. The Rockies did more than just double. They had 12 hits, including three by Hundley, and have 28 through two games.
Here's some more history: The Rockies are 2-0 for just the fourth time.
About the best that Garza could say was he was better than Brewers Opening Day starter Kyle Lohse, who allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
"It's pretty impressive -- for an inning there I felt like I was tipping or something," Garza said. "They were on a lot of stuff today. It was pretty impressive. If there was a questionable at-bat, it was Dickerson 0-2. He slides up on the plate as the pitch is called. Maybe they had something, maybe they don't. They're locked in. There's nothing you can do. My breaking stuff wasn't sharp today; I don't know why.
Garza said the Brewers changed some signs, just in case, but "they were still on it. So we don't know where it's coming from. That's neither here nor there. You can know what's coming and still not hit it."
The Rockies are hitting pitches wherever they're thrown.
"The thing I like is we're going line to line," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We're hitting them all over the field.
"It's all about approach. We've talked a lot about approach, whether we're at home or on the road. Guys are putting together a lot of good at-bats, one after another. It's a tough lineup to pitch to when we do that."