Rockies' Minor Leaguers deliver against Dodgers

Rockies' Minor Leaguers deliver against Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After enjoying a pregame ceremony during which they received rings for winning a championship at the Class A level last year, Minor Leaguers Raimel Tapia and Jayson Langfels delivered seventh-inning RBI hits to lift the Rockies over the Dodgers, 6-4, on Saturday in front of a River Fields-record crowd of 13,126.

Tapia, ranked by MLB.com as the Rockies' No. 7 prospect, singled off Barry Enright to beak a 4-4 tie and Langfels followed with a double on the day the Asheville Tourists were honored for winning the South Atlantic League title.

Another 2014 Asheville player, Emerson Jimenez, the club's No. 16 prospect, started at shortstop and delivered an RBI single in the third inning.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, who didn't pitch after June 28 last year because of rotator cuff and labrum issues and is rebuilding his fastball, went three innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. One of the hits was a first-pitch fastball that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier knocked to right-center for a homer.

Chacin, who said catcher Michael McKenry wanted a changeup to Ethier but he wanted to get a baseball by him, said he was happy with his sinker, slider and curve. But locating the four-seam fastball was the priority.

"I know I can throw sinkers," Chacin said. "It's the pitch I throw the most, but I want to throw more four-seamers to get my velocity better. Last game it was averaging 89 and touched 91. I don't know where it was today, but I'm feeling better as I throw more. It's more location than power, and I need to get better."

Chacin left with two on and no outs in the fourth, and righty Chad Bettis, a reliever last year who is being converted back to starting duty, forced Jimmy Rollins into a double-play grounder to begin his three scoreless innings with one strikeout, one hit and one walk. Bettis was held out of early games as he continued working on his delivery. Now he has pitched five scoreless innings in two Cactus League appearances.

Dodgers starter Chad Gaudin, trying to make it as a non-roster invitee after missing last season because of neck surgery, left in the third inning because of a "tweak" in his right biceps.

"I'll resume tomorrow," said Gaudin, who gave up two runs on two hits, and struck out two. "I felt no pain. I'm fine now. I just didn't want to pitch through it."

Gaudin is a candidate for the Dodgers' Opening Day roster because he can pitch multiple innings and could be a fill-in for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has left shoulder tightness and is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Rockies infield prospect Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple, and catcher Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as Saturday's DH.

Up next for the Rockies: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start Sunday at 2:05 p.m. MT against the D-backs at Salt River Fields. It is the first outing for Kendrick since the Rockies revealed that he will start on Opening Day, April 6 at Milwaukee.

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