For the first time in four months, Colorado Rockies baseball returned. Facing off against division rival Arizona Diamondbacks, the club got off on the right foot with a win.
It has been a long offseason. The past four months have seemed to drag, between the free agency saga and the discussion of where baseball could be heading. Nevertheless, baseball is back. The Rockies played their first official spring training game and showed no signs of rust from the long winter.
Chad Bettis received the start, as manager Bud Black put out a starting lineup constituting Raimel Tapia leading off, Trevor Story hitting cleanup, and Ryan McMahon starting at second base. Nolan Arenado and David Dahl were wedged between Tapia and Story.
While things did not get off to a great start, the team rebounded nicely to show glimpses of how strong their offense will continue to be this season, while receiving nice production from some unlikely sources. That’s the great nature of spring training.
Offense leads the charge
The first few innings did no favors for Colorado, as they managed just one hit off the Diamondbacks combination of Nick Green and Marc Rzepczynski.
However, by the fourth inning, the offense began to put their foot on the gas and did not let up the rest of the day.