The Colorado Rockies fell to 0-3 in spring training, getting shut out 3-0 against the Angels. The Rockies continued to struggle hitting with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-6 in those situations. The Angels didn’t fare much better, but were able to muster up enough runs to get the victory.
The Rockies led off the inning with a walk to Daniel Descalso and a base hit by Drew Stubbs, but were unable to get a run as Corey Dickerson flew out, and then Descalso was thrown out at home on a sacrifice fly attempt by Nolan Arenado to continue a trend of Rockies hitters not being able to cash in with runners on base.
Kyle Kendrick started the game for Colorado, and did exactly what the Rockies signed him for, which is getting through innings. The first three batters he faced reached base, but Kendrick worked through the inning only allowing one runner to cross home plate. He never looked too worried during the high stress situation, and as Drew Creasman mentioned in the comments of the GameThread, "He clearly knows who he is, doesn’t expect to dominate, and pounds the strikezone in smart ways," which will go a long way for Kendrick if he wants to find success in Coors Field. Kendrick went two innings, giving up three hits and one run while throwing one strike out and giving up one walk.
We got our first glimpse of Nick Hundley’s arm behind the plate, when he threw out* Kyle Kubitza attempting to steal second base to end the second inning.
*The call was questionable, but hey, it’s spring training for umpires too.
Christian Bergman and David Hale followed Kendrick, throwing two innings a piece giving up one run each and combining for five strikeouts. Ken Roberts followed by throwing a scoreless 7th inning and handed the ball to Jose Ortega who mirrored Roberts, throwing a scoreless 8th inning.
The Rockies were in the game all the way 'till the end, but were unable to get those big hits when they needed them. With runners in scoring position, the Rockies are now 4-for-31, which is a batting average of .129. Even with the offensive woes, that will more than likely correct itself as spring training goes along, the pitching was solid as Rockies pitchers surrendered only eight hits while striking out seven and walking two.
W: J. Weaver
L: K. Kendrick