SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jhoulys Chacin welcomed running into a
little bit of trouble Monday. It gave him a focus point for his
Chacin pitched five sharp innings, working out of a jam in the
third, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2.
"What you're beginning to see with this kid is that he is
gaining a real understanding of pitching," Rockies manager Jim
Tracy said. "What you saw is someone growing."
Chacin walked the first two batters he faced in the third and
was able to pitch out of it, allowing only one run.
"I'm happy because I had my battles," Chacin said. "That's
what is good about spring training - it helps get you ready for
those situations during the regular season. My breaking ball helped
me, with runners on base, to get out of the inning."
Jose Lopez singled in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the
winning run. Jordan Pacheco had two hits and an RBI for the
Rockies, who have won seven of their last eight. Seth Smith also
drove in a run.
"I like what we did," Tracy said. "It was another very good
Scott Rolen had an RBI for the Reds, who have lost two in a row
for the first time this spring.
Chacin allowed one run and four hits. He walked two and struck
"I was having some problems in the stretch," Chacin said. "I
was too fast to home plate. I need to pitch with more balance.
That's something I will work on in the bullpen. The main thing was
to finish strong."
Reds starter Chad Reineke pitched two scoreless innings,
allowing a hit and walking one. He's yielded one run over his last
seven innings, a span of three starts.
"He's been around for a while and it seems like he always keeps
winning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He reminds me of the
guy whose stuff doesn't wow you but he gets you out."
The 30-year-old Reineke has had a couple of brief stints in the
major leagues with the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics.
Jonny Gomes was 0 for 3 and his average fell to .080. He did hit
the ball hard in his first at-bat, a line drive to center field.
"I'm not concerned," Baker said. "I look at how guys hit the
ball. We have two weeks left and he can get plenty of hitting. We
can send him to a minor league game where he can get concentrated
NOTES: The Reds reassigned LHP Philippe Valiquette, RHP Daryl
Thompson, C Yasmani Grandal, OF Danny Dorn, C Chris Denove, LHP
Jeremy Horst, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Matt Kliner and RHP Justin
Lehr to minor league camp. ... The Rockies optioned RHPs Edgmer
Escalona, Juan Nicasio and Cory Riordan to minor league camp. ...
to remain on schedule. ... Reds LHP Dontrelle Willis was back
throwing off a mound a day after turning his right ankle. ...
Rockies RHP John Maine allowed two runs and four hits over three
innings in a "B" game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe.
... Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (right knee sprain) was 2 for 4 with a
walk in the "B" game, his first game action since the Cactus
League opener. ... Colorado RHP Claudio Vargas is out indefinitely
with a strain in his right hamstring.