Colorado Rockies: Starting the spring off on the right foot

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 12: Ryan McMahon #24 of the Colorado Rockies follows through on a swing during the second inning of a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 12, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 12: Ryan McMahon #24 of the Colorado Rockies follows through on a swing during the second inning of a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 12, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Jeff Hoffman of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – JULY 13: Jeff Hoffman #34 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on July 13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Strong performances on the mound

Bettis received the start for the team, surrendering three runs in two innings of work. After giving up a leadoff single to Socrates Brito, Bettis worked a couple of ground balls before a walk to David Peralta and a two-out, three-run home run to Steven Souza Jr.

In the second inning, Bettis allowed a leadoff single to Yasmany Tomas before inducing a double-play from Nick Ahmed and a strikeout of Alex Avila to end the inning and, subsequently, his day. All said and done, not a bad day from Bettis.

Jeff Hoffman replaced Bettis and proceeded to fire two scoreless innings of his own before giving way to Chi Chi Gonzalez. Hoffman is one to watch this spring, as the former main chip in the Troy Tulowitzki trade looks to find his way back to the show.

Concerning the remaining arms to appear, Gonzalez also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits. He has a career 4.54 ERA across 77 1/3 innings, all with the Texas Rangers and remains a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.

DJ Johnson earned the win, with a scoreless seventh. Johnson appeared in 6 1/3 innings for the 2018 Rockies, pitching to a 4.26 ERA and striking out a third of the batters he faced.

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