Adames' walk-off homer powers Rockies past Brewers
By Thomas Harding and Owen Perkins
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After Colorado's Kyle Freeland and Milwaukee's Chase Anderson both turned in solid starts, Cristhian Adames hit a two-run, walk-off homer to lead the Rockies to a 5-4 win at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Wednesday.
Raimel Tapia singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes, before Adames hit his third spring home run on a hit-and-run call. Adames, who hit .218 in 121 games in a utility role last season, is in a tight competition for a bench spot.
"I enjoy every opportunity they give me," Adames said. "I'm just having fun."
Freeland -- the Rockies' No. 6 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, and a competitor for a rotation spot -- allowed five hits over four scoreless innings, striking out five and walking none.
A Denver native and the Rockies' top choice in the 2014 Draft, Freeland pitched out of having runners at second and third with no outs in the first. He struck out Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar, then induced a groundout by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. It was Freeland's first start of the spring, but his third straight scoreless outing -- all with a starter's pitch count.
"Today, I was a little more amped than the past couple of outings, but I was able to recognize it and calm myself, tell myself to stay back over the rubber, work down the mound," Freeland said.
Anderson had a solid outing as he tries to earn a spot in the Brewers' rotation. He pitched four innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks, while striking out one.
"I wish I didn't walk so many guys," Anderson said. "That's not my game, but I wiggled around it."
New Rockies closer Greg Holland made his first Cactus League appearance, pitching a perfect top of the ninth and earning the win. Holland, who hasn't pitched in the Majors since Sept. 18, 2015, before undergoing Tommy John surgery, sat in the 93-mph range, topping out at 94.7 mph.
Righty German Marquez, competing for a spot in the Rockies' rotation, allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Charlie Blackmon doubled and DJ LeMahieu tripled to lead Colorado's offense.
Yadiel Rivera was 2-for-3 with a single, a double and a stolen base for the Brewers.
Brewers up next: The Brewers host the D-backs on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. CT, live on MLB.TV. Milwaukee sends Matt Garza to the mound for his fourth Cactus League start. He's allowed a pair of runs in each of his last two outings, giving up a total of eight hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings across those starts.
Rockies up next: Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood will start against the Angels on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. MT, live on MLB.TV. Reliever Scott Oberg is also slated to pitch. The right-hander has a 3.38 ERA in six appearances and is competing for a bullpen spot.