Friday, March 2, 2012

Hits & Misses: Team Helton vs. Team Giambi in intrasquad action

The Rockies waged war amongst themselves in an epic(ally titled) intrasquad game Friday afternoon in Scottsdale. It was Team Helton vs Team Giambi, and while the game counted for even less than a meaningless Cactus League game does (they could have at least allowed the winning captain to make the lineup card out all season), it did hold at least some meaning for guys who begin the spring on or outside the roster bubble and/or guys returning from injury.

For example...


Esmil Rogers

Rogers pitched two completely clean innings on the afternoon, needing only 13 pitches to do so. For a guy without options, without an inside track to a roster spot, who often struggles with his pitch count, an outing this efficient sure beats the usual. Good start for Esmil.

Brandon Wood

The former first round bust with the Los Angeles Angels (think Ian Stewart, only right-handed) showed off his versatility today, starting the game at third base and also spending time at short and second base. According to those on scene Wood made a very good accounting for himself defensively at the latter two positions (not his strengths) while adding a two-run single. Good start for him.

Jamie Moyer

2 innings, 42 pitches, 27 strikes. one run and three hits allowed. But the real story is his elbow held up and his arm remained attached. That alone is a big hit for Jamie. We'll have time to actually judge his performances later on.

Brendan Harris

Harris, who could engage in an battle with the aforementioned Wood to be the last infielder cut from roster, started his spring with a three hit day. He DHed, though, so he didn't get to show off his defensive skills.


I'm not that ruthless. We're just happy collisions were avoided and baseball is back.

Got his work in

Chad Bettis: 2 innings, 2 hits, a walk and a bunch of groundball outs.

Rafael Betancourt: 1 inning, 1 run and 3 hits.

Alex White: 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits and a walk.

In case you're wondering, here were the lineups for today's game courtesy of Thomas Harding on Twitter.

Team Helton

CF Tim Wheeler
SS Jonathan Herrera
RF Kent Matthes
1B Ben Paulsen
C Wilin Rosario
3B Nolan Arenado
DH Matt McBride
LF Andrew Brown
2B Chris Nelson
SP Jamie Moyer

Team Giambi

CF Eric Young
DH Brendan Harris
C Jordan Pacheco
1B Chad Tracy
3B Brandon Wood
RF Tyler Colvin
2B D.J. LeMehieu
LF Charlie Blackmon
SS Thomas Field
SP Jeremy Guthrie

Oh, and the score for those interested: Team Giambi 6, Team Helton 0