Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 7 vs. Kansas City


Brandon Wood

The Rockies offense is kind of sputtering along over the first week of spring training games, so basically any player with multiple hits will be recognized with a Hit until it starts to become a regular occurrence. In this case it was infield hopeful Brandon Wood, who singled, doubled, tripled and knocked home one of the Rockies two runs in three plate appearances.

My cousin's wedding

I had a really nice time at my cousin Kate's wedding on Saturday. The ceremony was presided over by their youth pastor, who played a part in introducing them 11 years ago, so it was cool hearing him tell their story with a personal touch and perspective. I also spent most of the reception tracking the Colorado/Arizona Pac 12 Championship Game with my cousin Andy (an Arizona graduate). He took the outcome well, but did not send along any congratulations. I wished them well in the NIT.


Christian Friedrich

After starting his spring with a Hit worthy outing last Xday, I noted that consistency would go a long for Friedrich if he planned on working himself back into the Rockies long term plans. Well, guess what? He took a step back. In three innings, Friedrich allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. The three strikeouts were nice, but again it's the inability to string promising performances together that has everyone doubting what once seemed to be undoubtable (new word) talent.

Chad Tracy

Tracy Jr. is still starting spring games over Ben Paulsen, and he's still not contributing. Listen, I don't know that Paulsen is the answer to any questions the Rockies might have about their future, but I will continue to contest that he deserves those initial at-bats over Tracy Jr., and more importantly than that, the Rockies need him to take those at-bats against major league starters to better evaluate his progress. It's baffling really, but I guess it shouldn't be considering the people involved.

Got Their Work In

Jhoulys Chacin

He's certainly not out of shape, and he's actually looking pretty good. In his three innings on Saturday, Chacin allowed one run, three hits, while striking out three. You can't ask for or expect much more this early in the spring.

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

The Royals defeated the Rockies 5-2, handing them their fifth straight loss.


What's next

The Rockies are in split squad action Sunday. One squad will play host to the Chicago White Sox at Salt River Field while the other will visit the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Stadium. Audio of both games be available via KOA and and both will begin around 2:05 MT ... I think. Daylight Savings always confuses and apparently it confuses Arizona residents enough that they just ignore it.

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