• Lefty Tyler Matzek, who has had many fits and starts since being the Rockies' top Draft pick in 2009 (11th overall), had only given up one run this spring before struggling against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon. Matzek walked all four batters he faced in the ninth and left with the Rockies up, 3-2. Mike McClendon, who pitched for the Brewers from 2010-12, wiggled out of the jam with no further runs scoring.
"They weren't big misses, but he was missing," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of a Matzek's control. "He's come a long way, Tyler. I don't want this outing today to tarnish everything he's done.
"He's really worked hard and has worked through some things, and has thrown the ball really well in this camp. I want to make sure he leaves here with a good feeling. He may get out there one more time. We'll make sure he ends up on a positive note."
Matzek, 23, has struggled with walks and consistency his entire pro career but made progress when the Rockies made him a reliever during the 2013 Arizona Fall League.
• Weiss was happy with lefty Brett Anderson's five innings against the Reds. Anderson didn't have his changeup working but found ways to keep hitters off balance while allowing only one run on five hits.
"His pitch count was low, and we wanted to extend him a little bit today, so it took five innings to get him to his pitch count," Weiss said. "It was a real good day for Brett. He's been impressive."
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