Juan Nicasio worked two hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts for Colorado and Jeff Francis pitched three innings, allowing one hit with a strikeout. Both figured to be in new manager Walt Weiss' pitching rotation.
"Realy quality outings by both," said Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright. "Particularly Juan. His slider was sharp and he had good location. Both guys got some work doing what they do best and what they wanted to work on."
NOTES; The 26-year-old Nicasio made only 11 start a year ago, going 2-3 in making a comeback from a 2011 fracture in his neck when hit by a batted ball. ... Francis has pitched five scoreless innings in two games, giving up only two hits. ... The Reds got two outstanding defensive plays: SS Zack Cozart's diving stop robbed LeMahieu of hit, and Billy Hamilton's leaping catch took away a potential home run by Charlie Cuberson in the eighth. ... Of the 65 Rockies in camp, 29 were not with the club in 2012 and 10 are players originally drafted or signed by the club.
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