Sep 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (24) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
On Monday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies will have finally made it to Opening Day. But, until then, we’re stuck watching Cactus League games.
On the second-to-last night of Cactus League action, the Rockies dropped an uninspired game against the Mariners, 5-4, in Peoria, Arizona.
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Jordan Lyles started the game and never quite had a feel for the zone.
He departed in the second inning having given up three runs, and threw just 17 strikes out of 41 pitches and walked three hitters.
After his departure, Christian Bergman tossed two innings, and after giving up back-to-back hits and a run to start his appearance, settle down and retired six in a row to finish his work.
Adam Ottavino continued his perfect stretch this spring, striking out the side in his inning of work. Boone Logan also continued his solid spring, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
And, LaTroy Hawkins allowed a solo home run in the seventh to continue his spring streak of allowing base runners and runs, but escaped with two strikeouts, too.
At the plate, Charlie Blackmon led the way with two hits and a walk, a run scored, and an RBI in three plate appearances.
Four hits in the top of the fifth strung across three runs for the Rockies, but they couldn’t quite get anything going until it was too late. J.A. Happ made quick work of the club at the start of the game, including several double play groundouts (one by Troy Tulowitzki).
Whatever. One more game tomorrow afternoon in Scottsdale against these same Mariners, and then it’s off to Milwaukee for the real thing.