Giambi went 3-3, drove in two and scored but that wasn't enough to defeat the great pitching from the Rangers starter Yu Darvish. Darvish pitched excellent while striking out 11 Rockies in six innings.
Darvish, shown below, checks out the pitching mound after a press conference at The Ballpark in Arlington on January 20, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Darvish signed a contract worth $60 million over six years. The two-time MVP, five time All-Star of Japan's Pacific League had a 93-38 record with a 1.99 ERA in 167 games the past seven seasons.
He allowed three runs on six hits in his six innings of lights out pitching while striking-out Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez three times apiece. When a pitcher strikes-out these two All-Star type players you know you have a solid starter in your rotation.
Rox starter Jhoulys Chacin gave up five runs on nine hits and only struck-out three in just over six-innings of pitching. His control wasn't there while giving up only one walk but five earned runs which isn't going to get it done for the Rox.
All-Star veteran Todd Helton played some first base and he went 2-3 while scoring once and added an RBI. Outfielder Dexter Fowler went 1-4 while scoring a run and played well in center field.
The Rangers catcher, ex-Rocky, Yorvit Torrealba roped a two-run double to left which scored Michael Young and Mitch Moreland, who had both been on-base from previous singles.
Rox slugger and silver haired veteran Jason Giambi equalized the score with a deep, two-run homer to right-center field that landed halfway up the grass hill. Giambi will be needed for the Rox to score runs and give Helton some rest at first base.
With the loss the Rockies still have a 15-12 Cactus League record but most of all they have learned that Chacin needs to improve on his command of pitches and that Giambi will be ready for 2012.
Note: Rangers starter Darvish hit Rox outfielder veteran Michael Cuddyer in the sixth-inning, on the right hand with a fastball, but only caused a contusion on his ring and middle fingers. MLB.com reported that no X-Rays where needed.
Next up for the Rockies is the Chicago White Sox, at Camelback Ranch on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. MT, when Drew Pomeranz gets another start before his 2012 starting rotation starts. April 15th will be Pomeranz start to the 2012 MLB season as the number five starter.
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