Rockies 10, Giants 4
Matt Cain wasn’t so worried about the runs. It was a lack of
command that bothered him.
The Giants’ opening day starter gave up four runs and seven
hits, one a two-run homer to Willin Rosario, and the Colorado
Rockies went on to beat San Francisco 10-4 Thursday night.
”My stuff was fine, but I made some bad mistakes,
location-wise,” Cain said despite not walking a batter in five
innings and striking out eight. ”I was looking to go out there and
make good pitches, win the game, because it’s coming down to the
end (of the spring).”
Cain’s last spring start before opening day against the Dodgers
in Los Angeles is expected to come on Tuesday against the San Diego
One pitch he wanted to have back was the fastball to
”He tried to surprise me high on my hands, but I surprised
him,” Rosario said of his second homer of the spring.
The Giants entered with a major league-leading 16 triples, but
it was the Rockies who had three, including two off Cain by Josh
Rutledge and Dexter Fowler. The Rockies had just five coming
Jonathan Herrera hit the third triple of the night off reliever
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, making a bid for the No. 5 spot in
the Colorado rotation, gave up three runs and 10 hits, walked two
and struck out four in five innings.
Minor league infielder Ryan Cavan had a memorable night for the
He was inserted into the lineup at second base just before the
first pitch when Marco Scutaro’s back tightened up. He singled in
the second, homered in the eighth inning off right-hander Chris
Volstad, and had two RBIs.
NOTES: Rockies 1B Todd Helton appears to be finding his swing as
opening day nears. He had a pair of hits and a walk, raising his
average to .294. … Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis, in a minor
league game, went seven innings, throwing 82 pitches against Cubs
youngsters and giving up two runs on five hits with no walks and
eight strikeouts. He is due to start Colorado’s home opener against
San Diego on April 5. … The Rockies have split squad games on
Friday, against the Giants at home and the Texas Rangers on the
road. … Giants CF Andres Torres left the game after four innings
with a strained foot and will be reevaluated on Friday. … C
Johnny Monell, INF Kensuke Tanaka and C Jackson Williams were
reassigned to the Giants’ minor league camp before the game.