February 25, 2009 3:50 PM
Rockies lose Cactus opener
Can't win 'em all. How's that for thinking positive during Rockies spring training?
To be honest it wouldn't matter to me if the Rockies lost every one of their games in spring training. Wednesday's loss, 5-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, was as typical as they come for openers.
I didn't need to see the game. Look at the box score. Tight arms. Bad pitches. Late swings. Stranded runners.
Aaron Cook had a strong outing in his spring debut for Colorado, with two scoreless innings pitched. Someone usually gets lit up in an opener, and for the Rockies it was Ubaldo Jimenez (three runs allowed in two innings) and Alan Embree (two runs and two hits allowed in an inning's worth of work).
I remember when Embree was being hailed as a young phenom for the Cleveland Indians in the early 1990s. It's nearly the mid-2000s and the lefty still is around. But is he effective?
Here's wishing the Rockies better luck -- and better execution -- in game two.