Franklin Morales was a handful of poor Jason Hammel starts from being a fixture in the rotation last year. Even though he's still pegged as a reliever this season, the Rockies gave Morales a "start" today. If his performance is any indication, he's not interested in starting. Seriously, he could not have been less effective if he was throwing batting practice.
Eight runs. Seven hits. Two walks. Two home runs. One balk. Zero strikeouts. Five outs, four by flyout.
Morales remains as the top lefty in the pen, and until it is stated otherwise, he is also the insurance policy at closer if Huston Street is injured. But of course, it is only Spring Training. Let's forget all about Morales and remember all the good that's going on, because we do what we do.
Hector Gomez walked, singled, drove in a run and scored one himself, as well as committing an error. Jeff Kindel drove in two with a hit, and Seth Smith extended his hitting streak. Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta also got hits, while CDI threw out Stephen Drew stealing. Juan Nicasio had an effective return from his fingernail injury, retiring all three batters he faced.
Both games were postponed by the seventh inning via rain. Andrew Graham and Matt Reynolds missed out on their scheduled appearance at Tucson Electric Park today.
The Roll Call will appear in the Game Wrap for the second game.