Spring Game Wrap: Rockies Lose, Mariners Win, Is it Friday Yet?

The Goat of Goats, Matt Belisle, blew the 6-5 save today and the Rockies dropped a ST game to the Mariners, 7-6. On one hand, Bronson Sardinha gave Belisle absolutely no help, but on the other hand, Belisle was ....actually, he wasn't bad. It was just some good hitting by the Mariners (yeesh, when's the last time you thought you'd hear THAT?). The singles by Justin Smoak, and Michael Saunders were on the black and not really in a perfectly-hittable location, but they went for hits anyhow. The single to Steven Baron was a bit further inside, but it was along the bottom of the zone. 

If location has anything to say about anything, Belisle didn't do that bad of a job. He just got beaten. It happens.

In the meantime, Chone Figgins, Milton Bradley, Smoak and Saunders all laid the hurting on Rockies' pitchers, all notching multiple hits on the day.

Jorge De La Rosa didn't have his sharpest stuff, as he went ahead and walked his 2nd batter of the spring while striking out his 16th and 17th. DLR also gave up a pair of doubles as well as a tying dinger to Smoak. 

In other news, Rafael Betancourt looked really good, choking the opposition with a steady fastball diet and striking out the side. Matt Reynolds showed his face and pitched a 1-2-3 with a punchout, which is exactly what we need to be seeing this late in the spring.

Jose Lopez continued his reign of not impressing anyone by going 0-for-4 with a sac fly and 4 men stranded. Johnny Herrera continue his own reign of being headscratchingly effective by going 2-for-4 - although he DID have a throwing error, which is somewhat uncharacteristic of J-Bliz. Seth Smith went 2-for-3 and Matt Pagnozzi hit a homer.

Spring Training, everybody. We are almost to the promised land.

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