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Rockies’ Raimel Tapia is “testing limits” running bases, with mixed results

Brewers 4, Rockies 3
At Maryvale Baseball Park

By most measures, Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia has had a solid spring training. He’s fielded the ball well and is batting .264 after a 1-for-4 performance Saturday. However, after a one-out single in the third, he was picked off first base. It was the third time he’s been picked off in Cactus League action, but manager Bud Black is not overly concerned.

“We are challenging Raimel, and all of our guys, to get big leads that they are uncomfortable with,” Black said. “So, we are testing their limits. So, given Raimel’s game, were are testing his limits on leads, and testing his limits going first to third.

“So, come a couple of weeks when the regular season is upon us, they will feel more comfortable getting an extended lead and still have the ability to get back. They are seeing how far they can do things.”

On the mound: Right-hander Antonio Senzatela, battling for a spot at the back of the rotation, pitched an uneven 3 ⅔ innings, giving up four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.  A messy second inning, which included a fielding error by Senzatela and a two-run homer to Jett Bandy, was Senzatela’s undoing.

“I missed that groundball, but after that I felt good,” he said, noting that he hung a slider on Bandy’s homer. But he’s happy with how his breaking pitch is working.

“My slider is better (than at the start of camp) and it feels good,” he said. “I just had one (that) missed up today.”

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