Rockies hit 3 HRs off Garcia, beat Padres
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hoping for a future in San Diego, Freddy Garcia got no help from the Arizona wind.
Todd Helton, Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge all homered off Garcia as the Colorado Rockies beat the Padres 10-4 on a blustery Saturday night.
A non-roster invitee to camp, the 36-year-old Garcia gave up seven runs — three earned — in five innings. His spring ERA dropped to 8.71, but the outing likely did little to help him gain ground on impressive youngster Tyson Ross in the competition for the final spot in the rotation.
There were seven home runs in the game — six in the first five innings when the wind was blowing straight out at Salt River Fields.
“That’s great. I’m pitching and competing for a spot and the ball is just flying,” Garcia said. “I guess they will make their decision in a couple of days. I don’t know what’s going to happen, man.”
A job in the bullpen is also a possibility, but Garcia isn’t interested in a minor league assignment.
“I’ll either go north or I’ll go home,” he said. “I tried to do my job the best I can. If I don’t make the team, it’s my fault. I’ll get my release and see what happens. It’s only spring training, but I know I have to pitch better than that.”
Gustavo Molina added a three-run shot for Colorado. Rosario’s home run was his fourth of the spring and third in three days.
For the second straight day, a Rockies starter was scratched due to injury. Jorge De La Rosa did not pitch Saturday because of tightness in his left forearm. He is expected to throw in a minor league game Sunday.
Jeff Manship got the start and allowed two hits in three innings, including a two-run homer to Nick Hundley in the first.
“(Manship) is a guy who could fall into either a starter role or that middle guy,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s got a nice breaking ball, which I think is a swing-and-a-miss pitch. He’s gotten more impressive each time out.”
Jhoulys Chacin, the team’s opening-day starter, was scratched Friday due to back spasms. He pitched two innings against San Diego and allowed two hits, solo home runs to Kyle Banks and Cody Ransom.
“I’m not too concerned about him. It was a little different for him coming into the middle of a game,” Weiss said. “He got a ball over the plate to a large man (Blanks), but I’m not worried about him finding his way through lineups. He knows how to pitch.”
NOTES: Weiss is more and more impressed with right-hander Rob Scahill, who lowered his spring ERA to 1.35 with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts. “He’s another power arm and I think he’s gotten some things in order the last two or three times out,” Weiss said. “He starting to conquer some things as far as command of the ball and slowing things down when he needs to. He’s executing the things he’s been working on.” … Blanks had a single to go with his third homer of the spring and is hitting .357 in Cactus League play. … Weiss said Helton is locked in and ready for the season, despite getting only 19 at-bats to this point. “A guy like him doesn’t need 60 at-bats to get right, he probably needs 20,” Weiss said.