User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Giants , Rockies
   BT Movements
Game: 0
Venue: Scottsdale Stadium
Date: March 22, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
  

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - It was a bad day for Rockies pitchers.

In Scottsdale, Christian Friedrich made his first start of spring training and allowed two of San Francisco's five home runs as a Colorado split squad lost 11-6 to the Giants.

More troublesome, though, was the news out of Rockies camp that opening day starter Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from his start against the Texas Rangers because of back spasms.

Advertisement

Chacin pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and has been limited to 4 1-3 innings in three Cactus League starts this spring. He reported the back problems on Thursday and the Rockies decided to start Tyler Chatwood against the Rangers on Friday.

``He felt them come on yesterday so we're just being cautious,' manager Walt Weiss said. ``It doesn't look like anything serious but there is no reason to run him out there 24 hours later to have him make his start. The plan is to give him a couple of innings (Saturday), but we won't stretch him out.'

Chacin, 23-31 with a 3.68 ERA in 82 career games (67 starts), was named the starter for Colorado's April 1 opener in Milwaukee by Weiss on Tuesday. He was 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 2012, a season that was shortened by a pectoral muscle injury.

Fredrich, who is coming back from his own back problems that have hampered his spring and likely cost him a shot at the starting rotation, allowed five hits - home runs to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt - in three innings. Miguel Batista also allowed four runs in two innings.

Belt raised his spring average to.439 with two homers, a ground-rule double, and a single while driving in four runs.

``This is the time of year, getting closer to opening day, that you want to stay as locked in as possible. I'm seeing the ball well, feeling good and ready to get started,' said Belt, who had seven home runs last season but has six this spring, the most of any player in the Cactus League.

Belt hit .275 last year and at 25, feels he is ready to take the next step in his career.

``I'm not the same player I was, from a mental aspect and everything else,' he said. ``I know what to expect going out there. I know there will be some bumps in the road, but I also know that I can come out on the other side. I'm going in with a lot more confidence this year.'

Belt had three hits against lefties, another area he's work hard to improve on.

``It's something to take personally as a left-handed hitter, that you can't hit left-handed pitchers,' he said. ``I want to show them that I can.'

Belt was a triple shy of the cycle in the seventh when he sent a drive to left-center. It cleared the fence.

``I thought I hit it pretty good. If I had hit one down the line, I was definitely going for the cycle,' he said.

Nick Noonan and Mark Minicozzi also homered for the Giants, who had 15 hits. Carlos Gonazlez had a two-run homer for the Rockies in the first inning.

NOTES: Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner went five-plus innings and struck out five against the Los Angeles Angels' High A team in Scottsdale. He threw 56 of his 87 pitches for strikes, allowing two runs and four hits . Gregor Blanco had a big game for the Giants with a single, double and triple, scoring twice and knocking in one. . Gonzalez, Ben Pauslen and Jonathan Herrera all had two hits for the Rockies.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO         
 COL         
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 10 Cover: +115 
 SFO 4 Over: 14 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 7 Over: 16 
 SFO 9 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Friday, Mar 22
 
    Red Sox at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Twins
1:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Nationals
1:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Astros
1:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
4:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Angels
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Dodgers
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Indians
10:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Padres
10:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!