Sun­day’s game

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Rockies 4, Padres 1 at Peo­ria Sports Com­plex

peo­ria, ariz.» Tyler Chat­wood cut loose Sun­day in the Cac­tus League, throw­ing 98 pitches in an en­durance test against the San Diego Padres. It was the long­est out­ing of the spring for a Rockies pitcher, and Chat­wood pitched like the sea­son had started. The vet­eran right-han­der gave up one run on four hits, strik­ing out seven and walk­ing two in six in­nings in the Rockies’ 4-1 vic­tory. “I felt like I got bet­ter as I went. And I still felt strong at the end,” Chat­wood said. “I was lo­cat­ing the fast­ball, and I had a good cut­ter­curve­ball combo.” Chat­wood struck out three in the first in­ning, but back-to-back twoout dou­bles from Wil My­ers and Yangervis So­larte brought in a run. Chat­wood set­tled down from there, and only one run­ner reached sec­ond base. In the sixth, Hec­tor Sanchez hit a two-out sin­gle, but Chat­wood re­mained in the game de­spite pass­ing a pre­set pitch count guide­line of 90 pitches. He then forced Erick Ay­bar to ground out. “I’m glad I got to fin­ish that sixth,” Chat­wood said. “That’s big go­ing for­ward.”

For starters: Rockies man­ager Bud Black said Chat­wood was “im­pres­sive” af­ter a loose first two in­nings. “He was in and out of the zone. But af­ter the sec­ond, he re­ally found his rhythm and pounded the strike zone.”

Chat­wood im­proved his spring ERA to 2.84.

Hits: Nolan Are­nado smashed a two-run homer nearly to the park­ing lot in left field in the first in­ning. That brought in Car­los Gon­za­lez, who had dou­bled. “It was good to see Nolan re­ally pop one,” Black said. … First base­man Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run, also deep past the left-field berm, in the third in­ning. … Right-han­der Car­los Estevez hit Tay­lor Kohlwey with a pitch in the eighth in­ning but struck out a bat­ter in quick work. “Estevez was over­pow­er­ing,” Black said.

Misses: Alexei Amarista went 0-for-3 and left three on base.

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