Charros 3, Rockies SS 3 (10 innings)
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Former major-leaguer Pedro Guerrero singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning for Charros de Jalisco, but a Colorado Rockies split squad rallied on Danny Sheaffer’s RBI single as the teams played to a 3-3 tie Sunday.
While the bulk of the Colorado team traveled to Yuma, where they defeated San Diego 2-1 Sunday, a group of lesser-known Rockies stayed behind to play the Mexican League team.
Right-hander Armando Reynoso, one of the few Rockies playing here who figures to have a legitimate chance of making the big-league roster, gave up a leadoff double to Luis Arredondo.
But Reynoso then struck out the side. He pitched three strong innings, giving up just one more hit and fanning four.
″He had a good forkball,″ said Don Zimmer, the Rockies’ bench coach who served as manager in the game. ″He kept the ball down real good. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him pitch, and I was impressed.″
With 2,633 fans looking on in 79-degree weather, Jalisco scored twice in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single by Kenny Jackson and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Alberto Rivero. The Guadalajara team had four hits in the inning, all off the second Rockies pitcher, Ryan Hawblitzel.
Colorado tied it with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. After Elvin Paulino doubled off the right-field wall and Sheaffer singled, Jim Olander was safe on a fielder’s choice on a grounder to shortstop to produce the first run.
In the seventh, Olander reached base when the Charros shortstop and third baseman collided on a slow roller. He advanced to second on a balk and scored on Gilberto Reyes’ single.
Guerrero, 36, who played 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and five with the St. Louis Cardinals, put his team ahead in the 10th with Jalisco’s third straight single. But the Rockies moved back into a tie in the bottom half of the inning on a walk to J. Owens, Patrick Lennon’s single and Sheaffer’s sharp single. The game was scheduled to go no more than 10 innings.
The teams play here again on Monday.
--- Notes:. Jerald Clark, projected to be the Rockies’ starting left fielder this season, is not expected to miss much action because of a hairline fracture of his right wrist. Clark was injured Saturday when he made a catch against the wall, robbing San Francisco’s J.R. Phillips of a hit. The injury was disclosed on Sunday, and team officials said Clark will wear a splint for about a week before attempting to return to the lineup ... Patrick Lennon made a diving catch near the left-field line in the seventh inning, helping reliever Ramon Manon get out of what could have been a big inning ... The Rockies again were plagued with baserunning mistakes. Gerald Young was picked off first base in the first inning, and Sheaffer was thrown out stealing in the second.