Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 20 vs. San Diego


Eric Young & Tyler Colvin

Charlie Blackmon is day-to-day with inflammation in his right big toe. That opens the door for both Eric Young and Tyler Colvin to gain some ground in their competition, and both responded with excellent games today. Young actually led it off with a rare home run and later added a triple to really elevate his spring slugging percentage. Colvin doubled twice, singled, scored once and drove in two to help the Rockies hang around in a game where the pitching struggled mightily.


Guillermo Moscoso

If you took a peak at the scoreboard for the Rockies fifth rotation spot before today, you saw that Moscoso was hanging right in there, and maybe even had a chance to grab a firm hold on the job with a good outing against San Diego. Now take a look again — or maybe you'd be better off not to — because Moscoso's outing today likely bumped him down a peg or three.

3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K

Granted, just about every starter across the board in Arizona and Florida will post an ugly outing or two, so I guess Moscoso (and the rest us) might be best off just washing our hands of this one and putting the focus on how he rebounds his next time out.

Got Their Work In

Chad Tracy

Tracy is actually hitting the ball very well of late — including today's three hits — but there's almost always something mixed in there that reminds us why he's not in consideration for a big league gig.

Today's thing: Being picked off second base by pitcher Casey Kelly.

Carlos Torres

2 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, BB, K

Torres was just an extra hand on deck today in case Moscoso couldn't go the scheduled five or so innings. Obviously Moscoso didn't, so Torres took the bump and actually made Moscoso's outing look pretty good.

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

Despite a solid offensive effort this afternoon, the Rockies couldn't overcome the mess left by Moscoso and Torres. They fall to the Padres in a battle of split squads, 11-6.

What's next

Tonight's game against the Giants will be broadcast on 850 KOA around 8:10 MT. Tim Lincecum was originally scheduled to make that start for San Francisco, but it sounds like those plans have changed. I guess we'll know more for sure in a couple hours.

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