Boy was it nice to be able to hear the crack of the bat and the pop of the glove. Baseball. Is. Back!
28 pitches over 2 innings for Pomeranz. He allowed 1 hit (a single) and a walk in the first frame but buckled down to escape without damage. His second inning was a very clean 1-2-3. Good start for him as he attempts to hold off several less talented pitchers for a spot in the rotation.
His bat gets most of the attention but there's little doubt Arenado is developing into a big league caliber defender at the hot corner as well. He proved that on Saturday with a diving backhanded stab on a hot shot that appeared ticketed for the left field corner. Not only did Arenado field the ball cleanly to prevent a run from scoring, he also made the strong throw across to get the out.
He is the goods.
The 35-year-old veteran caught the first four innings of today's game and also contributed a pair of singles (RBI). He will be locked in as the Rockies regular catcher to begin the season.
Nieves is in camp to provide a little depth at catcher for the Rockies. His opportunities to log innings during the spring will probably be limited as we move along, but he made the most of his chance today by throwing out one runner attempting to steal second and cutting down another trying to advance on a ball in the dirt that he blocked expertly. I will always recognize performances like that.
He's going to be a big hit for fans in Arizona. Unfortunately, he's going to be a swing-and-a-miss for the rest of the NL West. An already deep Diamondbacks rotation is about to get even deeper when they decide to unleash this kid. The later the better!
The old first game hat trick (strikeout variety). Not exactly the confidence-building start Colvin was looking for, but there's a long way to go to get on track.
Got Their Work In
The left-hander acquired from Oakland in the Seth Smith trade began his spring with an uneven outing (2 innings, 1 run (earned), 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout). He's an extreme longshot for the rotation but remains firmly in the mix for a bullpen spot.
Scahill will not make the opening day roster barring several unforeseen circumstances, but we acknowledge his two scoreless innings today. Reliever Zach Putman, acquired for Kevin Slowly (remember him?), Matt Reynolds, Dustin Molleken and Josh Roenicke also notched scoreless innings in the very well pitched game for both teams.
Oh, yeah, and the score in case you're wondering
Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 1 in 10 innings. Not the most satisfying result, but just having baseball back is a victory.
The Rockies will meet the Diamondbacks again on Monday at 1:10 MT. MLB.com will provide audio for the game.