Quick Hits: Right-hander Bryan Shaw Regaining Command, Control

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Reliever Bryan Shaw, who struggled through his Rockies debut in 2018, has regrouped this spring, making his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance in the Rockies 6-3 victory against Cincinnati at Salt River Field on Monday.

That comes after giving up six hits and four runs with three walks in 3 2/3 innings of his first four appearances this spring and having compiled a 5.93 ERA in 61 appearances in the first year of the three-year contract he signed with the Rockies a year ago.

“Look at my last four games and they have been really good,” said Shaw. “I gave up two singles (Monday). One was on a middle-middle pitch, and the other was a good pitch, down and away. I was a little off when camp started, but I had a feel for what I needed to do, and it’s coming together.”

Signed to a three-year, $27 million deal prior to 2018, Shaw had been impressively consistent in five seasons with Cleveland, appearing in 378 games and compiling a 3.11 ERA, but got out of sync early with the Rockies and struggled to rebound.

Working with a rushed delivery, a small mechanics issue can lead to a control problem that cost Shaw a year ago.

“I look at a lot of video (from 2018),” he said. “My timing was off in separating my hands. My hands were a little off when I went up, down. It made me a little sore.”

Right-hander Peter Lambert, the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Rockies system, was among four players sent to the minor-league camp on Monday. The move with Lambert, left-handed pitcher Sam Howard, infielder Peter Mooney and outfielder Noel Cuevas left 35 players in big-league camp, including four non-roster players.

Lambert made a strong impression during the spring and is expected to open the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

“It’s been a great camp,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot. I need to go down and pitch.”

n Rockies improved to 11-12-2 on the spring with a 6-3 victory against Cincinnati at Salt River Field on Monday afternoon.

n Kyle Freeland started and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

n Ryan McMahon raised his spring average to .444 with a game-tying home run in the second and combined with Ian Desmond on back-to-back RBI doubles in the third.

n The Rockies play the Angels in Tempe on Tuesday night. The 7:10 p.m., MDT game will be televised by AT&T Net.

n German Marquez (0-1, 3.38) will start for the Rockies.