However, the more interesting story came from his single in the sixth.
Anderson, obtained from the Athletics during the offseason to add front-end talent to the Rockies' rotation, was 0-for-4 in his career. A look at his Minor League hitting stats says he never had as much as an at-bat. But now he has a Spring Training hit, one that bounced off the glove of Padres relief pitcher Matt Wisler.
"I got a blister from hitting -- kind of flared up -- which is new to me," Anderson said. "A not-very-hard base hit."
"This was my first professional hit. A rocket back to the pitcher."
There's more to the story. Behind him, Drew Stubbs popped a bunt. There was Anderson, trapped between first and second. It was an easy double play.
"I made a pretty bad baserunning error," Anderson said. "I was just excited to be on base I guess."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said from seeing Anderson he'd never guessed he was such a neophyte with the bat.
"He's handled the bat really well this spring, for a guy that has little or no experience in the box," Weiss said. "He's gotten bunts down. He's shown a good swing. I've been impressed with that."
But Anderson's ability as a batsman wasn't the reason Rockies sent pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen to the Athletics for him.
The first two runs were courtesy of a two-out throwing error in the fourth by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, playing for the first time since being hit on the left calf by a pitch from the D-backs' Wade Miley on Wednesday night. He left a changeup in a poor location that Nady swatted over the left-center field wall.
Anderson displayed a lively fastball and slider, and had some good changeups. He gave up three runs in the fifth. But two were ground-ball singles, and Everth Cabrera poked a ball off the foul line in right for a triple. Cabrera would score on a groundout.
"Minus the horrendous pitch to Xavier Nady, it was pretty good," Anderson said. "It was pretty much like my last outing. I got a lot of ground balls  again. Hopefully, I can continue that trend. I got through six innings, didn't walk anybody."