'Igniter' Barnes capitalizes on loose spring day

Aiming to crack roster, outfielder goes 3-for-3 with triple and two RBIs

'Igniter' Barnes capitalizes on loose spring day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Rockies treated Saturday as a "show-and-go." Manager Walt Weiss, sensing players were tired from the monotony of Spring Training, allowed players to come in a little later and not have to take batting practice or do pregame drills. It turned out to be a perfect day for outfielder Brandon Barnes.

Counted on for energy the last two seasons, Barnes -- who is squarely on the roster bubble -- delivered three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs in the 5-5 tie with the Padres.

"He's got to be one of those guys that's an igniter -- that's what he does, and it's certainly what he did today," Weiss said of Barnes, who lifted his Cactus League batting average from .241 to .313.

Also providing solid at-bats were Ben Paulsen, who went 2-for-3 with a double, and Cristhian Adames, whose hit-and-run single helped facilitate a run in the first inning.

Paulsen's RBI double

"We played really nice offense the first half of the game -- first half of the game, I liked a lot better than the second half," said Weiss, whose team had a 5-2 lead through five innings.

Why don't they play rock-paper-scissors?

A child in the stands made that suggestion to a mom who was trying to explain why the Rockies and Padres didn't play until there was a winner. Colorado, by the way, has played three straight ties, the first two against the Angels.

Comeback road

Lefty Boone Logan, who has dealt with elbow soreness this spring, gave up one run on a hit, a walk and two wild pitches in two-thirds of an inning.

"He was going to get three or four hitters at the most, so it's good he got to face a couple lefties," Weiss said. "His fastball command is not quite there yet, but he threw a couple good sliders. I like the way he went after [left-handed-hitting Travis] Jankowski. He put some nice sequences together."

Gurka an option

Non-roster lefty Jason Gurka continued his scoreless spring with a spotless inning that included a strikeout -- his 13th in six Cactus League innings.

"Same thing we've seen all spring -- he attacks with the fastball, puts them away with the breaking ball," Weiss said. "He's been good against right and left. He's getting that breaking ball to the back foot of righties and has been very effective."

Castellanos injured

Outfielder and utility man Alex Castellanos broke a bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch during Friday's game against the Angels. Castellanos, who was invited to the game from Minor League camp, has played 24 games in the Majors with the Dodgers 2014-15.

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