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Rockies Spring Training: Dodgers Hit Three-Run Walkoff HR, Defeat Rockies 7-5

The Colorado Rockies lost their spring training game to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, on an AJ Ellis 3-run walkoff homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Rockies regulars performed well in this game, with RHP Jhoulys Chacin pitching four scoreless innings, while pitching around five hits. LHP Matt Reynolds continued his recent strong performance with another scoreless inning, cementing his place on the Opening Day roster while top LHP bullpen prospect Rex Brothers pitched yet another scoreless inning. Brothers has not allowed a run all spring, and is strongly pushing to be included on the major league roster very shortly.

Offensively, Colorado broke the scoring open in the fourth inning, as RF Seth Smith doubled a Hiroki Kuroda pitch off the outfield wall, scoring Jonathan Herrera. Smith later scored on a Ty Wigginton sacrifice fly. The Rockies continued to strike against Kuroda, adding two runs in the sixth.

The Dodgers would score all seven of their runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and all against Rockies pitchers not likely to make the major league club. Michael Marbry allowed five earned runs while only recording a single out, and Chris Malone ended up giving the game winning homerun to AJ Ellis.

Colorado plays the Texas Rangers tomorrow, where newly anointed fifth starter Esmil Rogers will get the start.