The Rockies opened their 2014 Spring Training schedule on Friday, February 28th against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the complex both teams share, Salt River Fields.
This one was all Rockies, as they came away with an 11-0 victory.
Solid pitching in spring opener for Rockies
Franklin Morales, re-acquired during the offseason, got the start and the victory for Colorado, pitching in two innings, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out one.
After Morales pitched his two innings, the rest of the Rockies pitchers picked up right where he left off. Tommy Kahnle, Chris Martin, Rex Brothers, Adam Ottavino and Greg Burke all pitched no-hit, one inning outings, while former 1st round pick Tyler Matzek finished off the game with a solid two innings, striking out three, allowing one hit and one walk.
That’s all that the Diamondbacks were able to do on Rockies pitching in this game, two hits. A very solid start to the spring for the Rockies pitching staff.
Offense a-plenty: 11 runs from everywhere
As if the pitching wasn’t impressive enough, the Rockies offense started out the spring well too. They scattered 14 hits over the nine innings, accounting for 11 runs. It started early, as the Rockies got to Dbacks started Patrick Corbin, something they were not able to do at all in 2013. Over four innings, the Arizona starter allowed two runs on four hits and a walk.
It started when Ryan Casteel pinch hit for the pitchers spot in the 3rd inning, when he hit a two run home run off of Corbin to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
It was after Corbin left the game though when the Rockies started to hit even better. They scored five runs in the 5th inning off of two Dbacks pitchers. The combination of Charlie Culberson, Corey Dickerson and Ryan Wheeler made this happen, as they all hit doubles in the inning to help the cause. The Rockies led 7-0 after five innings.
Colorado added two more in the 7th and two more in the 8th to make it an 11-0 score at the end of the game.
Along with Casteel’s home run in the 3rd inning, the Rockies also go home runs from Tom Murphy and Jason Pridie in the 8th inning.
Outfielder Brandon Barnes went 1-for-2 in his first time in a Rockies uniform, scoring two runs. Barnes was acquired from Houston in the trade involving Dexter Fowler. The other piece of that trade, Jordan Lyles will start Saturday’s game against the Reds in Goodyear, AZ.
Catcher Jackson Williams, a career minor leaguer to this point, had a solid game coming off the bench, going 1-for-2, reaching base twice and recording an RBI.
Should be noted that the starting lineup for the Rockies was for the most part what it could look like on Opening Day in April, except that Brandon Barnes started in CF for Drew Stubbs who is set to miss some time in the spring with an illness:
1. LeMahieu, 2B (0-for-2)
2. Cuddyer, RF (0-for-2)
3. Gonzalez, LF (1-for-1, walk, single)
4. Tulowitzki, SS (0-for-2)
5. Rosario, C (1-for-2, single)
6. Morneau, 1B (0-for-2)
7. Arenado, 3B (0-for-2)
8. Barnes, CF (1-for-2, 2 runs)
9. Morales, P
The starters played about a third of the game, with each hitter getting at least two plate appearances.