Even though the Colorado Rockies lost their first game of Spring Training to the San Diego Padres, 3-7, there were several nice things to take out of today's game. Troy Tulowitzki blasted a ball to left field in the top of the sixth inning for a two-run home run; however, at that point the Padres still had a 6-3 lead. Greg Reynolds, who started in place of Ubaldo Jimenez, threw three scoreless innings of ball, allowing only two hits and striking out one. More performances like this one and he will work his way into the Triple-A rotation to start the season.
The defense was also on display with the Padres hitting into four double plays. Jonathan Herrera flashed the leather several times when he was able to extend himself and prevent anyone from reaching base.
Outfield prospect Charlie Blackmon had had a hit and walked twice. He's definitely leaving an impression on many for a mid-season call-up.
Both Rafael Betancourt and Matt Reynolds allowed three runs, the latter on a home run to Will Venable.
The Rockies host the Giants at Salt River Fields tomorrow. Either Jhoulys Chacin or Jorge De La Rosa will starts against Matt Cain. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.