Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers learning valuable lessons at second base



The education of Brendan Rodgers continues and Rockies manager Bud Black is thrilled to see it.

“His attention to defense is paying off,” Black said Tuesday before the Rockies hosted the White Sox at Coors Field. “Because he wants to be a complete player. He sees himself as a potential all-star and a potential great player. To do that, you have to play both sides.”

Rodgers’ latest lesson came Monday night in the Rockies’ tense, 2-0 win at Milwaukee. The second baseman misplayed a potential double-play grounder in the ninth inning, helping fuel a potential Brewers rally. But rather than hang his head, Rodgers tracked down Hunter Renfroe’s blooper into shallow right field and made a difficult catch. With the bases loaded, Rodgers snared Luis Urias’ sizzling live drive for the final out.

“I know that he felt good about that after the game,” Black said. “As bad as he felt when he tried to rush the double play ball, going back on Renfroe’s pop-up and then making that play off of Urias’ line drive, he felt good. There was redemption there.

“I want him to feel that way. Like, ‘Hey, I got a chance and I made the most of it.’ I’m proud of him.”

Rodgers’ turnaround at the plate has been remarkable. He hit .078 (4-for-51) with one double and no home runs in 14 games in April. But he entered Tuesday’s game slashing .294/.337/.472 with nine home runs, 20 doubles, two triples and 48 RBIs since May 1.

Injury news. Outfielder Kris Bryant did not play in Monday’s game in Milwaukee because of a sore foot and it was touch and go as to whether he would play Tuesday night. But Bryant was in the starting lineup, hitting third, though he was the designated hitter, not the left fielder.



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