Rockies Victory at Riverview Strictly Kafkaesque
Rockies 2021 1st round draft pick Benny Montgomery drilled a two-run single and scored a run to highlight a three-run third inning, Rockies 2021 8th round draft pick Robby Martin ripped a two-run single in a two-run seventh, and RHSP Cullen Kafka (Rockies 2021 9th round pick) tossed two innings of no- run / no-hit ball and combined with five relievers on a five-hitter, helping the Rockies defeat the Cubs 5-3 in AZ Instructional League game action Friday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Kevin Alcantara tripled, walked, and scored two runs and Peter Matt laced a two-run single, walked, and stole a base for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest. The Rockies canceled yesterday's game at Salt River Fields because they didn't have enough pitchers available to play a game.
Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Kevin Alcantara, RF: 1-3 (K, BB, 4-3, 3B, 2 R)
2. Ezequiel Pagan, CF: 1-4 (F-8, F-8, 2B, 5-3, RBI)
3. Peter Matt, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, BB, 4-3, 2 RBI, SB)
4. Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, K)
5a. Moises Ballesteros, C: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3)
5b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 0-1 (K)
6. Reggie Preciado, DH: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-9)
7. Yeison Santana, SS: 0-2 (5-3, BB, K)
8. Frank Hernandez, LF: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3)
9. Liam Spence, 2B: 0-3 (4-6 FC, K, K, R)
1. Michael McAvene: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Daniel Palencia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Luis Devers: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (23 strrikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
RF Kevin Alcantara: E-9 (dropped fly ball in RF corner allowing batter to reach 3rd base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Moises Ballesteros: 0-2 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 6 hours 46 min ago (view)
corey seager signed a deal for 32.5m a year and that means carlos correa is having a really great day.
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 21 min ago (view)
Texas has a wildly expensive middle infield. They've also set the market really high for the remaining SS. And they did it single handedly.
crunch 8 hours 48 min ago (view)
c.seager goes to TEX for 10/325.
they've committed to spend 1/2 billion this week (marcus semien added, too).
meanwhile, the cubs complained to the local paper about how their new multi-million dollar sports betting lounge isn't a casino and they sent out a "cyber monday" ad to offer the great deal of it costing nothing to get on the season tickets waiting list.
it already is and will continue to be a hell of a 24 hours. maybe the cubs will *shrug* i dunno...do something worth talking about.
crunch 12 hours 55 min ago (view)
BA released their top-10 cubs prospects list...
1. Brennen Davis
2. Cristian Hernandez
3. Brailyn Marquez
4. Pete Crow-Armstrong
5. Jordan Wicks
6. Kevin Alcantara
7. Caleb Kilian
8. Owen Caissie
9. DJ Herz
10. Yohendrick Pinango
reggie preciado got robbed.
crunch 13 hours 22 min ago (view)
m.scherzer mets 3/130m (wow)
that's more than the entire payroll for PIT last season per year and only a bit less than what BAL, CLE, and MIA paid out.
crunch 13 hours 28 min ago (view)
both are equally useful to a baseball team.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 38 min ago (view)
The violinist or the camera staring afficionado?
Hagsag 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
Taylor Davis might be next.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 58 min ago (view)
STOP THE PRESSES! They signed someone. Some random lefty RP named Locke St.John.
Sounds like a Bond villain.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 59 min ago (view)
That's a good way of looking at it. The race for the top draft pick is a pretty hardcore competition, too.
crunch 15 hours 38 min ago (view)
hey, they're working hard as hell.
just last week tom ricketts and other chicago sports team owners went out of their way to respond to a Tribune article calling sports betting lounges "casinos" by co-authoring a letter to the paper.
DraftKings being happy seems to be the cubs #1 offseason priority.
Sonicwind75 16 hours 32 min ago (view)
Just depends on what your definition of "being competitive" means. Technically the Cubs (barring a strike) will be "competing" against other baseball teams and therefore will "be competitive".
Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 53 min ago (view)
Flurries of activity and Cubs crickets.
BuT wE'rE tRyInG tO cOmPeTe!
Hagsag 20 hours 13 min ago (view)
Hey, Jed didn't lie. He said this wasn't a rebuild.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
...and that was fake.
you can't even rely on a blue checkmark account anymore on twitter. thanks world.
okay, that was a real account (blue check) who retweeted someone they thought was real. this is inception-level internet stupidity and the account he re-tweeted is now disabled.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
cubs weren't linked heavily, but m.semien is off the board to the rangers...7/175m
trevor story seems to be the most cubs-linked middle IF'r, but i havent heard anything about story/cubs in weeks.