DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black has a rule: Any time a player records four hits in a game, he's automatically in the starting lineup the next day.
"You lived it, Spilly," Black reminded Ryan Spilborghs, Colorado's pinch-hit specialist turned analyst. "When you look back on your career, when you got four hits you got to play the next day. So we’re doing that again."
That ride-the-hot-hand principle is why Black reinserted Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup after he tore up the Cincinnati Reds for four hits and two RBI Sunday. The highlight of Gonzalez's game in that series-clinching win came when he mashed a 461-foot upper decker to right field. His performance Monday to kick off a three-game series against the division-rival Giants wasn't as flashy, but it still represented a step in the right direction as he went 2-for-4 in Colorado's 6-5 walk-off win.