TUCSCON, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Gonzalez has some pop in his bat,
It was the first homer for Gonzalez, who is hitting .417. His
spring streak is the longest for the Rockies since a 16-game run by
Todd Helton in 2000.
"I'm just looking forward to watching him play in that role and
getting more opportunities to help us be productive offensively as
well as defensively," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Before the power surge, the Rockies had managed just two homers
from their regulars all spring.
Rockies starter Aaron Cook cruised through the first five
innings but allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in the
sixth. Khalil Greene hit a sacrifice fly to center for the second
out. Mark Bellhorn followed with RBI double and Eric Young added
pinch-hit run-scoring single.
When Cook threw over to first to keep Young close, a fan yelled,
"Let's go! We've got stuff to do!"
Cook's night was through when he walked Dave Roberts and Mike
Cameron to load the bases. Zach McClellan then surrendered an
infield single to Ben Johnson that made it 6-4, and Mike Piazza
grounded into a fielder's choice at short. He began the inning with
a groundout to short.
"It's still spring training, fortunately," Cook said. "That's
just something I get to build off of and use the first five
(innings) to continue to work like that and use the last one as
part of my conditioning."
Estes also had just the one bad inning, allowing six earned runs
on six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
With all their players back in camp from the World Baseball
Classic, both teams used lineups that looked more like it was
opening day than another meaningless March matchup.
"It was nice to know that's the lineup that's probably going to
be out there opening day," Cook said. "It just helps everybody's
timing, rhythm, for them to get used to my pace when I'm pitching,
where they're going to be on certain pitches."
And he was especially pleased to see the three home runs that
his teammates hit.
"We've got a young lineup with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of
strength," Cook said. "We've got guys who have proven themselves
at the minor league level. Now it's just time for them to step out
and do it at the big league level."
The only non-regular in Colorado's lineup was catcher Yorvit
Torrealba, who made his spring debut behind the plate, catching six
Although he didn't have to test his arm at all, Torrealba, who
had been limited to pinch-hit and DH duties, proclaimed his return
to the lineup a success.
"Before, I didn't even feel a part of the team because I wasn't
playing," Torrealba said. "I'm pain-free, so I'm happy about
An offseason acquisition from Seattle, Torrealba was expected to
vie for the starting job until he bulked up over the winter with
the help of a personal trainer. He gained muscle but lost mobility
and quickly ended up with a sore throwing shoulder at camp.
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Danny Ardoin has had the best spring of
his career and is penciled in as the starter.
^Notes:@ The Rockies assigned six players to their minor league camp
Monday: RHPs Nate Field, Bret Prinz, and Keiichi Yabu, LHPs Steve
Colyer and Randy Williams and C Dan Conway. ... Colorado's No. 4
starter, Byung-Hyun Kim, and Sun-Woo Kim, in the running for the
fifth starter spot, returned to camp Monday after pitching for
Korea in the WBC and each threw three innings against the Rockies'
top minor league hitters. ... Colorado is off Tuesday. The Padres
play the White Sox in Tucson, where they also set up a "B" game
to make up for their rainout Sunday against Arizona so they can get
starter Brian Sweeney his regular work.