Righty in rotation mix, adds solid start to resume
By Joey Nowak
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman is becoming a pillar of consistency in his skipper's eyes, as he turned in another solid outing Wednesday against the Mariners.
In his second appearance of the spring, Bergman worked 2 2/3 innings (48 pitches, 31 strikes) and scattered four hits and a run over that span while striking out and walking one batter.
"I thought he threw the ball well. Good command," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after the Rockies' 4-1 win. "The same things I typically say about him -- good command, good feel, knows when to add and subtract. Goes back and forth on both sides of the plate. He's throwing the ball well."
Bergman, along with a handful of other starters, is fighting for a spot in Colorado's rotation. He made his Major League debut last season, starting 10 games and going 3-5 with a 5.93 ERA.
"My job is to get ready for the season, wherever that is," Bergman said. "So I'm just focusing on my stuff and going out there and competing against hitters and getting ready to go."
Bergman worked around a one-out double in the first inning Wednesday, and a single and a walk in the second. The damage came in the third when Kyle Seager connected on a 1-1 pitch for a solo homer. Despite the blemish, Bergman said, "the ball's coming out well."
"The command is good. The secondary pitches are coming along. The changeup's where it needs to be," he said. "Overall, it feels good."
Rockies radio play-by-play announcer Jerry Schemmel is preparing to do the Race Across America bike race in June. The race covers 3,000 miles from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. He and a friend have a goal to finish in one week, which means riding around the clock, about 430 miles per day between the two of them.
They are riding on behalf of Building Hope International, a humanitarian organization that does work in developing countries. All funds raised will go toward building an orphanage in Haiti, where Schemmel visited in January.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.