Rockies Edge Cubs at Talking Stick
Skyler Messinger laced a double and an RBI single and scored a run, Bryant Betancourt and Jesus Bugarin each drilled a two-run single, and Andy Perez singled, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, helping the Rockies edge the Cubs 5-4 in Arizona Instructional League game action Tuesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Geuri Lubo belted a solo HR and Zyhir Hope reached base four times (two singles, an E-4, and an HBP), stole a base, and scored two runs for the Cubs.
The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning contest.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Zyhir Hope, RF: 2-3 (1B, E-4, 1B, HBP, 2 R, SB, CS)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-3 (5-3, HBP, F-8, P-4)
3. Alexis Hernandez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, BB, SB)
4. Brian Kalmer, 1B: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-8, 1B, P-3, RBI)
5. Adan Sanchez, DH: 1-4 (L-4, 1B, P-6, 6-3, RBI, SB)
6. Geuri Lubo, 2B: 1-4 (K, K, 6-4 FC, HR, R, RBI)
7. Jose Escobar, LF: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, 4-3, BB, R, CS)
8. Carter Trice, C: 1-2 (1B, BB, BB, F-7)
9a. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-2 (K, F-7)
9b. Leonel Espinoza, CF: 0-1 (HBP, 5-3)
AZIL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Yenrri Rojas: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Branden Noriega: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 38 pitches (26 strikes)
3. Luis Martinez-Gomez: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes)
AZIL CUBS ERRORS: 1
C Carter Trice: E-2 (overthrow on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
AZIL CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carter Trice: 0-4 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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