Trevor Story mashed three doubles and Stephen Cardullo hit a grand slam in the Rockies 9-8 spring training loss against the Cincinnati Reds. The game was marred by the news about Ian Desmond’s fractured hand off of a hit-by-pitch, but Story’s continued hot streak was a bright light through the dark clouds of injury.
Tyler Anderson started the game and went 32⁄3 innings, one out shy of his innings limit. The lefty allowed three runs, all unearned, off of a Story error, but was effective the rest of the way and is looking good as we get closer to April. Sam Moll and Carlos Estevez pitches scoreless innings while Jason Motte gave up four runs.
In the “weird way to hear about an injury” part of the day, apparently Chad Qualls has been dealing with an elbow injury for the last two weeks. We know virtually nothing about the injury aside from “elbow discomfort”, according to Patrick Saunders. He’ll be throwing later today so hopefully we will learn more.
We’ve all heard the old saying: archery translates directly to big-league success (probably). No. 8 PuRP Kyle Freeland won an archery competition held for Rockies players and staff, outlasting bullpen coach Darren Holmes in the final round. It’s always good to see some friendly competition to build camaraderie, especially with something out-of-the-box like this. Holmes, Freeland, Tom Murphy, and DJ LeMahieu also participated.
The United States advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic, helped by the Colorado Rockies’ own Nolan Arenado’s monster home run in the second inning. Team USA plays again on March 15 against either Italy or Venezuela.