Giants 7, Rockies 4; Jeff Francis roughed up in first spring start

On the day that Jeff Francis first signed with the RockiesJune 19, 2002, Juan Uribe hit a home run for the team off of Andy Pettite in one of the last not so great pre-humidor games, a 20-10 loss to the Yankees. Maybe Francis didn't remember that Uribe likes to feast on finesse left-handers, but it's a lesson he's probably not going to forget the next time the two face each other. Uribe's three run shot keyed a four run second inning for the Giants, who cruised to a victory from there.

Like I was saying before the game, don't worry about the results, it's reports on the process and progress of Francis that we will be looking for.  The bad news on this front seems to be that his fastball velocity was down around the 86 mph mark according to Troy Renck. This would not be a pleasant sign if it continues deep into the Spring.

The best news for the Rockies likely to make the 25 man roster from the game probably came in the form of Carlos Gonzalez's two hits, including a double, as well as a double and walk by Chris Iannetta. Both Iannetta and Gonzalez hit their doubles off of Giants starter Mattt Cain.

For the Rockies minor league depth/prospects, Chaz Roe had an effective and scoreless two innings against mostly Giants regulars in relief of Francis, Jimmy Gobble and Justin Speier (who pitched for the Rockies in that June 19, 2002 game) threw scoreless innings late against the Giants reserves, and Jonathan Herrera and Hector Gomez were shining examples of the Rockies infield depth, Herrera with a pair of hits and Gomez with a two run triple.

Box score

I'll put the roll call up with the other game's wrap.

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