SCOTTSDALE, Az. – Chad Bettis is getting a chance to win a job in the rotation.
He is not wasting the opportunity.
Bettis worked four shutout innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, giving up one hit and striking out five. It was perfect timing. On Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico, Jeff Hoffman, also a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed two hits and a walk, striking out five in four scoreless innings. The two are competing with Antonio Senzatela for the open spot in the rotation.
Mike Dunn continued his rebound following surgery late last season, working a shutout inning. He has not allowed a run and has struck out five in four innings of four appearances this spring.
Seunghwan Oh, meanwhile, struggled. He has a 19.64 ERA in four appearances, including three runs on Sunday when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Max Muncey after an RBI double by Justin Turner.
Rockies left-hander Sam Howard did work two shutout innings.
Mark Reynolds, battling for a back up role, hit his second home run of the year. Strong springs of Justin Hampson, Ryan McMahon and Pat Valaika add to the challenge for Reynolds in light of their versatility.
Meanwhile, in Monterrey, Mexico, the Rockies dropped a 5-2 decision to the D-backs. Tyler Anderson's inconsistency continued. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings, raising his ERA for the spring to 7.88.
Anderson is considered one of four set members of the Rockies rotation with Bettis, Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman battling for the fifth slot.
-- Rockies offensive managed three hits, including a single by Colton Welkin, who is not hitting .556 for the spring.
--Prospect Ryan Castellani, who pitched the last two seasons at Double-A Hartford, did pitch three hitless innings, walking three and striking out three.