On a day when two different Colorado Rockies teams played two different Arizona Diamondbacks squads in two locations separated by more than 350 miles, the Rockies won in as separate a fashion as the stadiums are on the map.
In the "home" game at Salt River Fields, the Rockies were led by a stellar start by Jordan Lyles and pitched their way past the D-backs, 2-1. Commanding the zone and mostly utilizing only his fastball and curveball, Lyles struck out four while walking only one and giving up three hits and and earned run. Lyles was efficient, needing only 72 pitches, 48 of which were strikes, in his six innings of work.
Lyles' masterful performance was followed by an inning each from Rafael Betancourt, Adam Ottavino and LaTroy Hawkins. Betancourt performed much as he has all spring, working relatively quickly while retiring all three batters he faced. Ottavino put himself in jam with a walk and hit batter, only to work out of it with a couple of strikeouts. Hawkins closed out the game in his usual fashion with little excitement (ed. note: that's not a bad thing).
The Rockies' offense was relatively quiet as well with only six hits. However, two of those hits were solo home runs by Justin Morneau in the sixth inning and Daniel Descalso in the seventh. Noel Cuevas showed off his speed with a two-out triple in the fourth inning, and Raimel Tapia roped a ball down the left field line for a leadoff double in the eighth.
In the "road" game in Hermosillo, Mexico, the Rockies won an explosive, extra-innings, offensive contest, 11-10. Matt McBride paced the Rockies' offense with two homers and three total hits while driving in four runs in his four at-bats. The Rockies gave up a 6-0 lead after Christian Bergman struggled to get out of the third inning; he gave up six hits, four of which were doubles, and six runs. The Rockies entered the bottom of the ninth with a three-run lead, only to have Jairo Diaz allow the D-backs to tie the game, 10-10.
Thankfully, Roberto Ramos, an A-ball prospect and Hermosillo native who was only called up because of the split-squad games, hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th inning. Tyler Ybarra slammed the door shut in the bottom half of the frame, giving the Rox a Sunday sweep over Arizona.