They had better double check Troy Tulowitzki's seat on the charter Wednesday night. He's not going to want to return to Denver, where the ball doesn't carry. At least not the way it does for him in Milwaukee. The shortstop continued crushing dreams and inflating ERAs at Miller Park on Tuesday night, leading the Rockies to an 8-4 victory, their first under manager Walt Weiss. Tulowitzki went deep for the second straight game, leaving him with 10 home runs in his career against the Brewers, including five at Miller Park in 18 games. Carlos Gonzalez also homered again for an offense that alternated between paper cuts and uppercuts to wobble a battery of Brewers pitchers. "It means so much to have Tulo back. He does things every night that opens people's eyes," Gonzalez said. "We know we have a good offense. Now all we want to do is help this team win." Weiss has seen this kind of performance before as the sound-check shortstop in the rock-star lineup of the mid-1990s. On those teams, however, there was never a player in the middle of the infield like Tulowitzki. He's 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, closer to Larry Walker's size with similar tools, save for speed. Tulo tied the game in the third with a 400-foot-plus home run that landed on the Harley-Davidson patio in center field. Walker used to do stuff like that all the time. Tulo's most impressive at-bat came in the seventh, and bore a striking resemblance to one by Dante Bichette. Bichette had a knack for shortening up with two strikes when he was hunting RBIs. He would widen his stance and focus on the opposite field. As the team's new hitting instructor, he calls it the bulletproof approach. "You have to have something comfortable to go back to in those situations," Bichette explained. "It's about executing."
Tulowitzki leads Rockies to first win, 8-4 over Brewers
Denver Post | Apr 3