Cubs Encounter Rockie Road at Instructs

Colorado Rockies 2021 4th round draft pick Hunter Goodman blasted a three-run HR, Rockies 2021 10th round pick Zach Kokoska belted a solo HR and singled, Juan Brito drilled a two-run double and a single, stole a base, and scored a run, Adael Amador (Rockies 2019 $1.5M IFA signing) singled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Rockies 2020 1st round pick Zac Veen lashed an RBI single, walked, scored a run, and threw out a runner on the bases from RF, and SP Brayan Castillo hurled four innings of one-hit shutout ball with seven strikeouts and combined with four relievers to throw a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts, as the Rockies whitewashed the Cubs 8-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Tuesday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.    

Parker Chavers laced a single and a double for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

The AZIL Cubs have not scored a run since last Thursday, having been shut-out three games in a row. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

X. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-5 (K, 3-1, 5-3, 2B, L-8), 
NOTE: Mena led-off the bottom of 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th innings) 
1. Ezequiel Pagan, RF: 0-3 (HBP, K, 3-U, K)
2. Christian Franklin, DH: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
3. Matt Mervis, 1B: 0-4 (K, F-7, F-8, 6-3)
4. B. J. Murray, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, HBP, K)
5. Ronnier Quintero, C: 0-2 (K, 3-U, HBP)
6. Miguel Pabon, 2B: 0-2 (K, K, BB)
7. Christian Olivo: SS: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, F-9 DP)
8. Parker Chavers, LF: 2-3 (P-5, 1B, 2B)

1. Chris Clarke: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (28 strikes) 
2. Bailey Horn: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Tyler Schlaffer: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 5/2 GO/AO, 52 pitches (35 strikes) 
4. Eury Ramos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (11 strikes) 


Ronnier Quintero: 1-4 CS 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's  


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Hey AZ Phil,

We're always thankful for you keeping us in the loop. Any idea what kind of injury has kept Preciado out?


KKvG: I saw Reggie Preciado play in his last game with the ACL Cubs about a month ago, and he didn't appear to get hurt in the game. I suppose Something could have happened at Camp Day work-out the next day or he might be in a protocol or he could have taken personal leave. But he continues to be carried on the Cubs AZ Instructional roster (the one with the goofy uniform number issues). Same goes for Rafael Morel. 

Anyway, because the ACL Cubs roster had no player limit other than 60-day IL assignments, there was no way to tell for sure why a player wasn't playing. . 

Weird, hopefully he's just locked in a gym with a batting cage for the fall and winter. Thanks, you're invaluable to the Cubs fandom! 

Congrats to Trent Giambrone on the MLB callup.


I'm guessing he might get the (non-tender/successor contract) treatment in early-December.

if they're that desperate for a warm body it looks like we may not see nico again this season.

Nobody should "rush back" in this sort of a season. Getr it over with.

Cool stuff for Giambrone. I get why he isn't in the lineup tonight, but why is Martini playing over Deichmann?

Mind you I'm not thinking we get more out of Deichmann than Iowa shuttle maybe 4th OF over the next few years, but that's more than we'll get out of Martini. 

martini had a hot night last night (4 for 4, all singles)...that's pretty much it.

but yeah, martini shouldn't be in the future plans for this least i hope not.  dude is 31 years old and aside from last night he's not been anything worth mentioning.

Martini does have a .365 major league OBP and a 107 wRC+ in over 300 PAs. It always surprised me he couldn't stick anywhere and then got passed up consistently this season by the Cubs. But they have a lot of guys like him (lefty corner bat with modest power and difficulty v LHP). He's probably better than Deichmann or Heyward though. 

Heyward this year is a comp w Mario Mendoza's "slash line"