Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1
On the mound: RHP Braden Shipley allowed three earned runs, including a leadoff home run by Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon on the second pitch of the game, in just 1 2/3 innings on Sunday. He surrendered three hits with one walk and one strikeout. “For the first time out, I was really excited and had a lot of fun even though a couple things happened,” Shipley said, “but it’s spring training and you just learn from your mistakes and go back out there the next time and work harder.” Shipley liked the way his curveball was working. It had been giving him some problems, he said, during recent bullpens. RHPs Randall Delgado and Enrique Burgos each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
At the plate: The Diamondbacks could only muster four hits overall off of starter Chris Rusin and four relievers. OF Jeremy Hazelbaker drove in the only run of the game, scoring Dawel Lugo in the seventh inning with a double – Arizona’s only extra-base hit. To be fair, the Diamondbacks only started one regular and that was SS Chris Owings, who went 0 for 3. C Chris Iannetta went 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts.
Extra bases: Manager Torey Lovullo said before the game that RHP Jake Barrett had an MRI to determine the cause of some recent shoulder stiffness that began to develop about two weeks ago. The exam revealed no structural damage, but the soreness prevented Barrett from throwing bullpens upon the start of camp. Barrett said he’s resumed a throwing program and is feeling much better, but Lovullo said, “We’re just taking it day by day and, knowing he’s a reliever, to get him ramped up is not as big of a challenge as someone who’s a starter. The timeline is yet to be determined.”
Monday’s game: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin vs. Reds RHP Scott Feldman, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.