Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6

Eric Hinske feels right at home in Arizona, and the transition

to playing for the Diamondbacks has been pretty comfortable as


Hinske had three singles and two RBIs and fellow Diamondbacks

newcomer Martin Prado had two hits with three RBIs, leading Arizona

to an 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on a chilly Sunday at Salt

River Fields.

Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year who signed

with Arizona as a free agent in December, drove in runs in the

fourth and fifth innings, when the Diamondbacks did all their

damage in windy, 54-degree conditions.

”My timing is getting better in my mind,” said Hinske, an

Arizona resident. ”A couple of the hits might look like lucky

hits, but in my mind there are no lucky hits. I got a chance to

play in the first two games and I feel good. The only downside was

the cold. Where’s all my sunny Arizona weather.”

Hinske will pinch hit and back up Paul Goldschmidt at first base

for the Diamondbacks.

”It’s a great situation for me. I live here so it’s very

comfortable and I’ve played with a lot of these guys before in

different places,” he said. ”With the lineup we can put on the

field and the arms we throw at people you know it’s going to be a

fun year.”

Prado, the main acquisition in the offseason deal that sent

Justin Upton to Atlanta, drove in three runs with a pair of hits

including a two-run double in the five-run Arizona fourth. He now

has four RBIs in his first two spring games.

Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for

Rockies, who had three hits in the first five innings. Jose

Gonzalez, Matt McBride and Kyle Parker had RBI hits during a

four-run eighth.

Colorado reliever Juan Nicasio, coming back from knee surgery

that ended his season in June, took the loss. Counted to be a

rotation member for the Rockies, Nicasio allowed four runs – one

earned – and four hits in 2-3 of an inning before being lifted.

”I don’t think he’s pitched in about seven months and it’s all

about getting a feel,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. ”He was

working on his secondary stuff, and that put him in some tough

counts. If he can pitch in good counts he’s going to be very tough

because that’s a big arm, there is some life to his stuff. That’s

going to be the key for him.”

Prado doubled into the right-center gap off Colorado reliever

Parker Frazier to score two in the fourth after Adam Eaton and

Hinske had RBI singles. Prado singled home Hinske during a

three-run Arizona fifth.

Colorado veteran Jeff Francis, who won 17 games in 2007 but is

20-39 with a 5.06 ERA since, started and allowed two hits in two

scoreless innings for the Rockies.

”Two quiet innings and very efficient,” Weiss said. ”A great


NOTES: Eaton also had three hits for Arizona, and Eric Chaves

had two. . Colorado center fielder Tim Wheeler made a nice

shoestring to rob Prado of another hit in third inning.

”Interesting weather,” Wheeler said. ”I guess we’re getting

ready for Denver (in April).” . Arizona starter Patrick Corbin,

fighting for the final spot in the Arizona rotation, helped his

cause with two strong scoreless innings. He struck out four

straight hitters including Carlos Gonzalez and Ramon Hernandez

after allowing a walk to Colorado’s leadoff hitter, Wheeler. ”Last

year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year

you have a definite goal in mind,” Corbin said. ”I can relax and

just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy.”