In the televised half of split squad action Saturday afternoon, the Rockies won in walk-off fashion despite being out-hit 13-9 when non-roster invitee Jason Pridie launched a double off the center field wall to drive in Charlie Culberson with the game winning run to give the Rockies a 4-3 win over the Mariners.
Of Colorado's nine hits on the day, four of them went for extra bases, including a mammoth two-run shot to left off the bat of Wilin Rosario, his 2nd of the spring:
In addition to his 9th inning heroics, Pridie also had a triple in a 2-4 afternoon. Michael Cuddyer was also 2-4 on the day with a double, while catcher Jackson Williams delivered a big two-out RBI single to knot the game up at three in the seventh inning. As for the contenders in this game for the CF derby, Charlie Blackmon struggled in going 0-3 with three strikeouts. Brandon Barnes fared a little better, having a bunt single, stolen base, and run in four at-bats - also making some nice catches in right field.
Of note for Rockies prospect watchers was that two top Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs), #3 David Dahl and #24 Will Swanner, both got their first taste of MLB spring training with late inning at-bats. Though Dahl struck out and Swanner grounded to third, the experience will no doubt be a vivid memory for each of them.
On the mound, Brett Anderson struggled through six innings of work. Though he only gave up three runs (including a big solo shot to Justin Smoak), Anderson allowed 12 hits and a walk while striking out just one. One of the reasons he was able to limit the damage was that he generated 10 groundball outs compared to one flyout. LaTroy Hawkins, Wilton Lopez, and Chad Bettis combined to throw three innings of one hit ball in relief.
Next up for the Rockies is the White Sox tomorrow afternoon at home. Tyler Chatwood will take the ball for Colorado.