Pomeranz, Bauer tie 1-1 in Pitching Duel

Pomeranz looked sharp in his first spring start.

A record crowd of 12,528 at Salt River Fields saw the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks play to a 1-1 tie in ten innings Saturday. As Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said after the game, "The pitchers are way ahead of the hitters." They certainly were as neither team scored off the oppositions starter and both teams notched a single run in the 4th inning. 

LHP Drew Pomeranz got the start for the Rockies and pitched two scoreless innings allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two batters (one swinging and one looking). Pomeranz threw 28 pitches, 21 of which were for strikes. 

"It was good, it felt like a real game out there," he said. "I was thinking yesterday about how the games are already here and it feels weird that you're finally back in a game. It was fun, it's more fun when you throw well out there. It was nice to throw against somebody other than our team or throwing bullpens." 

For a start this early in the spring, Pomeranz didn't have a specific game plan for this outing.

"I kind of kept it simple," he said. "I wanted to go out there and have a good rhythm, you know, throw three pitches for strikes and keep the ball down and I think I did a pretty good job of that. Everything felt good today, fastball, curveball, changeup."

Clearly he was pleased with his outing and where he is at this stage of Spring Training.

"That's the best my rhythm has been, working on keeping my hands up during my delivery," Pomeranz said. "I tried to go out there not working on anything and just let what I'm practicing working on take over. Felt great."

According to ESPN.com's Keith Law, who was in attendance behind home plate, Pomeranz' fastball was sitting between 90-92 mph in the first inning. 

"I wouldn't say my arm is in the best shape right now," Pomeranz said. "As far as right now just feeling-wise, I felt great today."

After the game Tracy noted that Pomeranz was doing a good job of commanding his fastball and breaking ball. 

This wasn't an outing where Pomeranz tried to showcase his impressive stuff, he just let what he was working on come out organically.  

"I wouldn't go out there trying to blow everybody away the first day, but I definitely was putting something on it," he said. "Felt good, I was just trying to be smooth and throw three pitches for strikes and work on location and not so much throwing this harder and making this nastier. It makes it a little easier when you focus on location."

Notes:

  • Pomeranz was matched up against RHP Trevor Bauer of the Diamondbacks. Bauer is well known for not only his remarkable talent but also his incredibly unique long toss routines in preparation for games. Bauer was absolutely dominating the Rockies hitters Saturday as he didn't allow a single baserunner. Of the six batters he faced, four hit ground balls that didn't leave the infield (all of them weak save for a hard one by Troy Tulowitzki) and two he retired on strikes. Bauer was also very economical as he threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. To say he was a tough assignment for the Rockies hitters in their first spring game is putting it mildly.  
  • Pomeranz on Bauer's unique preperations: "I'm well aware of that, I actually played with Trevor [Bauer] on Team USA and no one would throw with him so I ended up throwing with him everyday foul pole to foul pole. He does some different things, but whatever works for ya." 
  • "I can get it on a few hops to him. I went out and joked to him when I was stretching like how far are you going today? He said I'll probably come over there somewhere near you guys, which I completely expect because I've seen him plenty of times." 
  • "I've seen the kid pitch in a game and instead of going to sit in the dugout during the half inning he'd go to the bullpen and keep throwing the entire half inning and go back out and pitch and then go back to the bullpen and pitch again," Pomeranz remarked. "Hey, it works for him." 
  • "I couldn't obviously get it as far but he throws it straight up and I was the only one willing to try it," Pomeranz said. "I kinda did that a lot in college too, did a lot of high long toss but not foul pole to foul pole like him. It's too much." 
  • Bauer on his long toss before the game Saturday: "It was a little shorter today than where I normally am at, but it's early in the spring. Today was probably about 360, but usually I get out to around 400 on game days. Like I said it's early in the spring." 
  • Bauer on why the routine helps him pitch: "You have to move efficiently to throw the ball that far, so I kind of take my time with it and get the body working together and kind of linked up." 

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