Royals 8, Rockies 4
Wednesday at Salt River Fields
On the mound: Left-hander Ty Blach, a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School, is pushing for a roster spot, possibly as a long reliever. Blach pitched three innings Wednesday, giving up two runs on five hits. He induced four groundball outs and the Royals had a number of grounders find holes through the infield for hits. “Ty changes speeds, commits to both sides of the plate,” manager Bud Black said. “There is a lot to like, so we’re going to continue to give him the ball.” … The Royals tagged right-hander Jordan Sheffield for two runs on three hits in the seventh.
At the plate: Sam Hilliard, competing for the starting job in center field, hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to left in the fourth. … Shortstop prospect Ezequiel Tovar continues to have a fine camp. He went 1-for-2 with a double, boosting his average to .545 with an OPS of 1.454.
Worth noting: Elehuris Montero, who’s been working with coach Stu Cole on his first-base skills, made two excellent plays at first. Montero came up as a third baseman but might profile as a big-league first baseman.
Up next: Dodgers (1-3) at Rockies (3-4), 2:10 p.m. (MDT) Thursday, Salt River Fields
Rockies probable pitchers: RHP Antonio Senzatela, LHP Lucas Gilbreath, RHP Matt Dennis, RHP Dillon Overton, RHP Logan Cozart, RHP Gavin Hollowell
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