6/27 Colvin has 1st four-RBI game
Sunday was rookie Tyler Colvin’s first career four RBIs game. He had three hits, including a three-run homer and a RBI single.
“He hangs in there well,” Lou Piniella said of the outfielder. “Once Colvin gets a good recognition of the strike zone, the ball jumps off his bat very well and he hangs in there against left-hand pitching very well.
“Does it surprise me? No,” Piniella said. “He’s got good bat speed, the ball jumps off his bat. He’s a confident kid. He believes he can get it done and that’s a big ingredient for young kids.”
Big hits have been tough to come by. Colvin was the last Cubs player to hit a three-run homer, doing so June 18 against the Angels. Before that, you have to go back to May 7 when Castro hit a three-run blast in his first at-bat and Mike Fontenot hit a grand slam in the eighth.
“I’ve tried to stay the same the whole time and not change anything,” said Colvin, who only had two hits in his last 17 at-bats coming into Sunday’s game.
The rookie now is batting .308 with 26 RBIs in his last 48 games. He has noticed a change in pitchers’ approach as they try to determine what he’ll chase.
“I haven’t been missing many pitches against [left-handers],” he said. “I don’t know why.”
“The better he does, the more he’ll play,” Piniella said. “We need offense and whoever is swinging the bat, gets in the lineup.”
— Carrie Muskat