The Rockies took another step forward in today’s game against the Angels, or at least the offense did. Some of the highlights included Eric Young, Jr’s average increasing to .474 this spring. EYj was 3 for 3 with a leg-out single, another well placed hit and then a bunt-single. He, like Arenado, is proving that the team will be better with him in the lineup than without. The amount of havoc he can create on the bases was very apparent last season as he brought a sweat-sheen to many a pitcher unlucky enough to have him on the paths.
Tulo also had an excellent day, going 2 for 3 with a blistering double and then an out-of-the-park home run over the grace and fence in left. He also showed his defense is getting better, as he showed off one of his patented spin moves to complete a double play in the second.
Tyler Colvin kept his hopes of making the 25 man, by going 3 for 3, while starting in left for CarGo.
Nicasio, who started the game, gave up four-runs on seven-hits in 3 2/3 innings. One of the runs was a home run to newly returned Albert Puljols. He did strike out Pujols, as well as Trout, in the first inning.
After the game, Nicasio did say that he was:
feeling good with my changeup, and I threw a lot of sliders. I felt good because I didn’t hang a lot of those. If I can get my slider over the plate more, I’ll be OK. I hung the slider (to Pujols), and I thought home run when he hit the ball. He’s a good hitter and he’s got power.