Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 12 vs. Texas


Tyler Chatwood

The Texas Rangers fielded their big boy lineup this afternoon vs. Chatwood, and the Rockies 22-year-old held his own just fine with four very solid and efficient (50 pitches, 30 strikes) innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits (two doubles), walked one and struck out a pair, and according to Troy Renck hit 94 on his fastball and 77 on curveball. He continued his tweet with "Chatwood has live, live arm, even if looks like could be in Little League."

I don't think there's anything I can add to that.

Jordan Pacheco

3-for-3 (single, two doubles) with three RBI on the afternoon. He's now 7-for-15 on the spring.

Man. Crush.

Todd Helton

2-for-3 (two doubles) two runs and an RBI. He's still my second ever but all-time favorite Rockies man crush. Dante Bichette was the first.


None! Today was all good, folks. All good.

Got Their Work In

Edwar Cabrera

The Rockies threw the 24-year-old left-hander back out there after a rough spring debut last Friday. He rewarded them (and himself) with two scoreless innings. He's not a candidate to make the team, obviously, but he's definitely a guy we'll want to keep our eye on when he begins the season at Tulsa.

Brendan Harris

This afternoon was Harris' turn at third base and he responded with a pair of singles in four at-bats. We'll just file that away somewhere in the baseball part of our brains and likely never recall it. At best he'll serve as infield depth at Triple A, although his experience and versatility may lead another team to calling the Rockies at the end of the month.

Oh, yeah, and the score in case you're wondering

Strong pitching throughout and timely hitting helped the Rockies top the two-time defending American League Champions, 6-1. They have now won four in a row, which is more exciting but just as meaningless as their recent six game losing streak.

What's next

We'll back in a few hours with our recap of tonight's second game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

First pitch: 8:10 MT.

Radio: 850 KOA

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