SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Lefty Austin Gomber’s first Spring Training outing a Rockies uniform started with a challenge. Fine with him.
Second baseman Brendan Rodgers’ wide throw put D-backs leadoff man Ketel Marte on base. Gomber then spiked a slider for a wild pitch on his next delivery. But he worked a soft liner double play from David Peralta and was on his way to two scoreless innings in the Rockies’ 5-2 victory on Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
“Had a little bit more heart rate today — the first outing of Spring Training is always like that, always excited to get back out there, and for me even more this year,” said Gomber, the lone experienced Major Leaguer to arrive in the Nolan Arenado trade with the Cardinals. “I want to make a good impression, knowing I’ve got more to do. I’ve got to learn what we do here, how we go about things, the catchers, all the bunt plays — the small things that people don’t realize.”
Sunday, though, was simple. Gomber, trying to leave no doubt about the fifth rotation spot, stayed in the strike zone, with strikes on 19 of his 25 pitches. In his best sequence, he used his signature curveball twice to set up a slider to strike out Nick Ahmed swinging in the second.
“I liked the tempo of his game – it was upbeat, it’s aggressive,” Rockies manager Bud Black…