It was the best two innings of pitching for the Rockies this year. It was the worst two innings of pitching for the Rockies this year. It was a good show of getting out of a jam with timely pitching and defense, it was a bad show of getting out of a jam with awful pitching and defense. It was also a tale of Snakes hitting the ball in the beginning and the Rockies hitting the ball at the end but an eighth inning rally came up just short. It is just the second spring training game of the year but the Rockies reminded us all of how they looked on Sundays in 2012...and 2011 for that matter.
Jeff Francis displayed an outstanding first inning, getting three outs on only nine pitches. While he ran into a little bit of trouble in the second, he was able to get the third out with runners on the corners. The offense was able to get their first hit in the second when Nolan Arenado beat out a throw on an infield single off the pitcher's glove but Kyle Parker followed that up with the first of five double plays that the Rockies hit into.
Juan Nicasio came in to start the third inning and while he wasn't sharp, he got the third out on a warning track shot from Aaron Hill. He was not as lucky in the fourth, when newcomer Reid Brignac threw away an out and his error cost the Rockies three unearned runs to go with the pair of earned runs given up by Nicasio and Frazier in the inning.
Sunday Game Wrap: A Tale of Two Pitchers
Purple Row | Feb 24