Former Reno Ace Buckner Roughed Up In Spring Training

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Seth Smith might have hit for the cycle had he stayed in the game for a fourth at-bat.

Come on, he said afterward, it's spring training.

Smith had a three-run homer along with a single and double as the Colorado Rockies routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-1 in the teams' spring opener on Thursday.

Jason Hammel, with the fifth spot in the Colorado rotation locked up, threw just 23 pitches in two innings. He allowed a run and four hits with one strikeout and no walks.

Two Arizona pitchers in the fight for a spot at the end of the rotation saw action. Starter Billy Buckner allowed two first-inning runs but struck out four of the last five batters he faced. Rodrigo Lopez gave up Smith's homer in the fifth.

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