The Colorado Rockies suffered their first loss of the spring at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2. the 3,012 fans in attendance saw Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado put on a show as the second-year man went 3-for-3 from the plate. Arenado would drive in a two-out RBI in which he excelled on as a rookie last season.
Jordan Lyles (acquired in the offseason as a part of the Dexter Fowler trade to the Houston Astros) pitched well in his first outing with the club. The righty would end up pitching 2.0 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, while striking out one batter. Lyles would only give up one earned run however as Jordan Pacheco allowed a passed ball to give the Reds an unearned run as Lyles would earn the tough-luck loss on the afternoon.
Rockies relief pitcher Wilton Lopez looks to bounce back after a disappointing season last year in his first season with the Rockies. He would work a clean inning today, not allowing a hit or base runner for that matter.
- Jordan Lyles: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER.
- Wilton Lopez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss has been preaching moving runners over to scratch a run in and they made a perfect example of that in the fifth inning. Paul Janish was hit by a pitch and advanced to second with no-outs on a passed ball which brought outfielder Charlie Blackmon to the plate. Blackmon would pull the ball to the right side, grounding out to first as Janish moved to third with one out. Rockies prospect Angelys Nina would hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the run to bring the game to within one.
The Colorado Rockies are back in action tomorrow as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:10 PM ET, 1:10 PM MT.