Tapia will man left field and bat leadoff Sunday against the Reds, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Tapia will spell Charlie Blackmon in the outfield and atop the order while the four-time All-Star rests following Saturday's 17-9 loss, which lasted three hours and 53 minutes and followed a lengthy rain delay. Though Tapia is drawing his second consecutive start, it's only his third in the Rockies' past eight contests.
Tapia entered Saturday's 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Dodgers as part of a double switch, going 1-for-2 with a solo home run. His seventh-inning shot off Caleb Ferguson briefly gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead that the bullpen couldn't hold. Tapia is now slashing a modest .263/.304/.452 with six homers and 26 RBI.
Tapia went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI in Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Padres. Tapia's three hits were his most since May 12, but the performance loses some meaningfulness during a series in which the Rockies and Padres set a modern-era record for a four-game set with a combined 92 runs scored. Ian Desmond, who also notched three hits Sunday, has displayed a hotter bat of late and appears to have inched ahead of Tapia for the primary gig in center field. Tapia had sat out four of the previous five contests before re-entering the lineup for the series finale.
Tapia will start in left field and bat seventh Sunday against the Padres. Though Tapia will stick in the starting nine for the series finale, his playing time has been on the downswing with Charlie Blackmon recently returning from the injured list and Ian Desmond swinging a hot bat. Tapia only started three of the Rockies' previous eight games and is batting just .154 in June.
Tapia will start in left field and bat sixth Sunday against the Mets, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports. Tapia had served as the Rockies' leadoff hitter for a two-week stretch before dropping out of the lineup entirely in Saturday's 5-3 loss when Charlie Blackmon (calf) re-entered the starting nine. Though Tapia will rejoin the lineup with Ian Desmond resting Sunday, Blackmon will handle table-setting duties for the second straight day and likely for the foreseeable future. The permanent move down the batting order may hinder Tapia's run-scoring and base-stealing opportunities moving forward.
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