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.