Eddie Butler takes the loss as the Rockies fall 4-3 to the Diamondbacks in a strong offensive showing from both teams. Unfortunately, Colorado struggled in converting their 12 hits, five of which were doubles, into runs. The team was 3-13 with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks were slightly more efficient with their 11 hits, namely Danny Dorn’s two-run shot off of Butler in the 4th.
Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in just under two innings of work. In an interview with Patrick Saunders, Chacin reported that, though a little nervous, his shoulder felt fine. Fine is good news for now, but a fastball in the 86-88 mph range is something to keep an eye on from the right hander moving closer to opening day.
Jason Gurka finished out the second inning, with Eddie Butler taking over for the third and fourth. Butler's fastball clocked in around the high 90s, but couldn't get past the bats of the Diamondbacks. Butler gave up two runs on four hits. Jair Jurrjens worked two scoreless innings, with Jorge Rondon and Brooks Brown shutting things down to hold the Diamondbacks at four.
Stay hot, Charlie Culberson? That may be jumping the gun, but Culberson collected two more hits in today’s game, including a double off of Vidal Nuno. Charlie also turned the only double play for the Rockies.
Today's lineup was a pretty decent preview of who the Rockies will have hanging in the organization’s upper-level farm system. Though there weren’t any real surprises, mostly reaffirmations of the traffic jammed infield. Both Kyle Parker and Ben Paulsen saw at least a few innings in the outfield, more significant for Paulsen who profiles primarily as a first baseman. Versatility continues to be name of the game for Rockies position players this spring.
W: V. Nuno (1-0)
L: E. Butler (0-1)