Spring Training Game #31: Rockies 18, Indians 4
- Bourn was only hitting .200 during spring training heading into this game, but there’s no real concern yet. Bourn was extremely patient in his first at bat, working the count to 3-2 before hitting the ball off the opposite field wall for a lead-off double. It’s going to be fun watching a guy who can work a count like that lead-off this season.
- Drew Stubbs was batting second, and I do like these experimental line-ups that Francona puts together when he doesn’t have his full line-up for the road game. Stubbs will see a bunch of fastballs in the two-hole with Bourn on base, which should help him out since he’s a dead-red hitter. It’s doubtful that Stubbs is ever going to hit second in this lineup with any regularity. I’d rather have Cabrera getting those fastballs anyways. Stubbs followed Bourn’s full count with one of his own, then got Bourn over to third on a grounder up the middle.
- The Rockies announcers Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson discussed the Drew Pomeranz deal with some detail, and focused the discussion on Jason Kipnis. The Rockies initial asking price included Pomeranz,Alex White and Kipnis. Could you imagine if that had happened? Kipnis got Bourn home on a Fielder’s choice, and the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
- Brett Myers started for the Indians, and was good in the first, but lucky. Dexter Fowler flew out on two pitches. He nicked Jeff Rutledge, putting on his first batter. He struck out Carlos Gonzalez and then gave up an infield single to Troy Tulowitzki, He got out of the first inning with a fly out to center. It was a very inefficient, sloppy inning, and unfortunately for the Indians, foreboding bad things to come. More on that in a minute.
- Brantley’s really become a go-to bat in this line-up. He led off the second with a single. The Indians’ left fielder gets on base, hits for average, and should drive in some runs in that five hole. He’s a guy that can roll out 180+ hits a year. Brantley then stole second, but he’d have been out by a country mile had the throw been on the money. He ended up with two more hits on the night, and raised his average to .405.
- Lonnie Chisenhall is on fire. He came into the game hitting .404 on the spring, and singled in his first at bat off of a left-handed pitcher, moving Brantley to third. He would add another hit in the sixth inning, and when it was all said and done, Chis raised his average another eight points, to .412. If people were overlooking him prior to spring training, they likely aren’t anymore.
- Sloppy doesn’t cover what Myers was in the second. He gave seven-straight hits, and by the time the inning was over, the score was 7-1. Twelve hitters had made it to the plate, and Myers gave up eight hits and a walk in the inning. Myers was leaving too many pitchers over the middle of the plate. How’s that for an understatement.
- Stubbs launched a one-out double into the power alley in right center in the third inning. He stayed down on a ball and took it where it was pitched, and with really good power. You can see that there is a lot to this kid if he could put it together. I can see why he was so frustrating to Reds fans, since he never really showed off any offensive consistency. Jason Kipnis then roped a single up the middle that scored Stubbs from second. Stubbs can fly…and he’s a big kid at 6’4” tall. What a total package of power, speed and defense he could be. Kip now has two RBI.
- Mark Reynolds, who hit a 500 foot home run on Friday, had a five-foot single to load the bases for the hot-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall. Chis belted one to the right field warning track. This has the potential to be the longest game of. All. Time.
- Myers started the fourth inning, and immediately gave up back-to-back-to-back hits, giving up another run. He left the game after giving up his second run of the inning, but with runners on second and third. I’m sureTerry Francona wanted him to last as long as possible to salvage some of the bullpen, but boy, that was just painful. When it was all said and done, Myers had given up 14 hits and ten earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
- David Huff took over for Myers with one-out in the fourth, and you have to wonder if it will be his last appearance as a member of the Indians. The Tribe doesn’t want to just lose him (or Carrera). Ideally, they’d get them both through waivers, but I can’t believe that a left-hander doesn’t have value to a team out there. He can start or relieve. Funny things happen at the end of spring training though. He immediately gave up a single to Jeff Francis, giving every starter for the Rockies a hit, making the score 9-3. Fowler then belted a double, scoring two more runs. Rutledge followed with a single, and by the time the fourth inning was over, the score was 12-3. In the fifth, Huff gave up a Michael Cuddyer lead-off blast and a Todd Helton double, to make the score 13-3. This may be Helton’s 17th season, but he was 4-for-4 by the fifth inning. Not a bad game for the elder statesman. Huff settled down to end the fifth inning to strike out the last two batters of the fifth. He’s got to feel frustrated. So do I.
- Rich Hill entered the game in the sixth inning, and before you could blink an eye, the bases were loaded without an out. Charlie Blackman crushed a two-run triple over Bourn’s head, and that ended Rich Hill’s night with the score 16-3. The Rockies have 22 hits. There was one-out in the sixth.
- Joe Smith entered the game and gave up two hits to his first two batters, but got out of the inning with a double-play. The run wasn’t charged to him, so there’s that. It’s 17-3, Colorado.
- Holy Toledo, Joe Smith had a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. He needs a statue. Move over, Jim Thome.
- Mark Reynolds hit a run-scoring double. I know there are going to be stretches where I don’t like him at the plate, but he definitely is going to be fun to watch. I hate hitting the same point over-and-over…but he hit it over the freakin’ scoreboard.
- Delvi CID and Carlos Moncrief entered the game as pinch-hitters in the eighth inning. Both are extremely fast. Adam Abraham also entered the game that inning after Mark Reynolds double. He’s not very fast, but it’s good to see the over-achiever in a big league game, even if it is only as a pinch runner, and even if it is only a spring training game.
- By the time the game was over, the score was 18-3 and the Rockies had 26 total hits. Let the Brett Myers/Derek Lowe comparisons begin…
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That leads up to their good years...now...they hit on other rounds...but other than a few guys...they bombed on early drafts more than they hit...
The Royals first rounders have been exceptional...or haven't been around long enough to call a bust...
Gordon...2nd pick in 2005
Hochevar...1st pick in 2006
Moustakas...2nd pick in 2007
Hosmer...3rd pick in 2008
Crow..12th pick in 2009
Colon...4th pick in 2010...could be in play this year at second
Bubba Starling...5th pick in 2011...love him...gonna be really good
Acquired Cain and escobar in Greinke deal...
that's essentially their whole starting lineup...other than Franceour and Perez...both free agent signings...
They drafted well...and had a slew of top five picks...
Like I said...built their team like the Rays did..they were really...really bad for a long time...but had a brilliant draft mechanism in place...
Indians didn't...but have top five picks certainly helps...
Davis is a former top prospect. He was a top 50 prospect in all of baseball, and the only reason why he was a reliever for the Rays is that they didn't have room for him at the time, and then had some other prospects they felt were better than he was move past him. Davis is really...really good, and while he was a reliever last year, he's been a starter for his entire career.
Salvador Perez could end up the best hitter on the team...power and average...