Brett Anderson showed pretty well in two strong innings of work in his Rockies debut but the offense and bullpen -- particularly, Rob Scahill -- struggled in the team's 8-1 blowout loss to the Mariners in split-squad action on Monday.
Anderson's pitch count was fairly high, but he threw two-thirds of his 36 pitches for strikes and racked up a couple of strikeouts in two hitless innings of work. Rob Scahill, on the other hand, struggled to throw strikes and allowed five runs on five hits and two walks. He was naturally saddled with the loss, as he entered with the game tied, 1-1.
Adam Ottavino and Greg Burke also struggled out of the bullpen but Wilton Lopez and Jon Gray were strong. Lopez set down the Mariners in order in the third and Gray notched a pair of strikeouts while allowing only a single in two innings. Gray was working in the mid-90s and and threw 24 of 37 pitches for strikes -- not exactly efficient, but it worked on this day.
Corey Dickerson and Brandon Barnes had two hits apiece, but the rest of the Rockies hitters combined for only four. Tom Murphy had one of this, doubling off of Mariners reliever Anthony Fernandez. Murphy made solid contact in his other at-bat, hitting a hard liner right at Mariners center fielder Leon Landry and continues to perform well in spring training.
The other half of the Rockies will be in action at Salt River Fields against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. MT. Christian Friedrich will get the start for Colorado opposite D-Backs top prospect Archie Bradley. We'll have full coverage of that one, as well.
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