TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies were feeling good
coming off a spirited comeback win. There was no coming back from
their latest deficit, though.
Texas prospect Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run of spring
training Sunday to lift the Rangers to a 16-1 crushing of the
Rockies, who gave up 20 hits and committed two more errors to bring
their total to eight in four games."There are some situations you're able to teach off of," said
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose team scored five runs in the
ninth the day before for a 7-6 win over the Angels. "But we got
slaughtered."Gonzalez, the first overall pick of the 2000 draft, took Shawn
Chacon deep over the left-field wall in the first inning for a 2-0
lead.Chacon, moving back to the starting rotation after a difficult
year as Colorado's closer last season, had it rough in his first
start of the spring. He allowed three runs and three hits and threw
a wild pitch in two innings.The line was reminiscent of the kind he put up in 2004 when he
made 35 saves, but blew nine and finished 1-9 with a 7.11 ERA.
Still, Chacon said he wasn't discouraged."I felt good. I threw a lot of strikes," he said. "I
concentrated on throwing my fastball in the strike zone. I threw
some up in the zone, and they got hit, obviously."Including intrasquad contests, Gonzalez now has four homers in
seven games this spring. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBI against
the Rockies and crept closer to earning a spot on Texas' 25-man
roster after spending most of the last two seasons in Triple-A.The Rangers have Mark Teixeira at first base, the position
Gonzalez plays, so he's trying to make it as a reserve or possibly
a designated hitter."I'm not worrying about it," Gonzalez said. "I just go out,
have fun, try to enjoy the game. It's not my decision, so I can't
worry about it."Ryan Drese started for the Rangers and allowed one unearned run
over three innings -- a successful outing in his first appearance
since signing a contract extension that will keep him with the team
through 2006, with a club option for 2007.Manny Alexander had three RBI for Texas, which added this
effort to a 17-run game Friday against Kansas City.Matt Holliday had a rough day for Colorado, misjudging a ball in
center field for an error and getting doubled off second to end the
fourth inning."There's a saying in this game that there are those who are
humble and those who are about to be," Hurdle said. "You've just
got to keep playing."
The start of the game was delayed about 15 minutes by rain.
Fans booed when the public-address announcer relayed the game time
temperature -- 58 degrees -- then followed by noting it was 66 in
Denver. ... The Rangers sent pitchers Justin Thompson and Ryan Wing
to minor league camp. ... Rockies pitcher Aaron Taylor gave up five
runs in the fourth inning, just moments after he had a base hit in
the Colorado half of the third. "It's an issue we've always had to
address in Colorado -- innings after pitchers run the bases,"
Hurdle said. "I'm not sure how much effect that had."