SCOTTSDALE – The struggles of Brian Shaw continued in his spring debut on Sunday. Shaw retired only two of the seven batters he faced, and was saddled with the Rockies' 4-2 loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
He gave up three hits, two runs, and walked two in a struggle that brought back memories from a year ago, when the former Indians ironman experienced his biggest struggles of an eight-year big-league career in his Rockies debut. Shaw was 4-6 with a 5.93 ERA in 61 bullpen appearances.
Jon Gray made his first start of the season with two solid innings, allowing one run on one hit and two strikeouts. He threw 20 strikes out of 30 pitches.
Aftrer going hitless in two at-bats in Saturday’s spring debut, Nolan Arenado homered in the first inning, and outfield candidate Yonathan Daza singled home a run in the bottom of the second for a 2-1 Rockies lead. Jake McGee, however, wild-pitched home the game-tying run, and then Shaw had his problems in the sixth.
Right-handed pitchers Ryan Castellani and Peter Lambert both tossed two scoreless innings. Right-hander Carlos Estévez pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one hit and one strikeout.
The Rockies will travel to Surprise, Ariz., tomorrow to face the Kansas City Royals at 1:05 p.m. Right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela will make his first start of the Spring.