Gift of Five Giant Errors Much Appreciated by AZL Cubs

Michael Foster belted an opposite-field line-drive RBI triple into the RF corner and Carlos Jimenez drilled a line-drive RBI single to center to highlight a two-run 4th, and Carlos Sepulveda rifled an RBI single through the box and into CF (his third hit of the game) to cap a three-run 6th, helping the AZL Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the AZL Giants in Arizona League action Monday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. . 

AZL Giants infielders committed five errors leading to three AZL Cub unearned runs. 
LHP Eric Jokisch (on Iowa 7-day DL - rib cage inflammation since June 11th) made his second AZL rehab start, hurling four innings of one-run ball (55 pitches - 36 strikes), while allowing six hits (all singles) and no walks, with one strikeout and a 6/5 GO/FO.  One more start and he should be ready to rejoin the I-Cubs. 

Ben Carhart (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL since May 31st) played in his second AZL game in two nights, hitting third and catching for seven innings. He went 1-4 with a one-out infield single in the bottom of the 1st. AZL Giant baserunners were 2-2 in stolen bases with Carhart behind the plate.  

Here is the abridged box score from Monday night's game (Cubs players only) 

1. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-5 (5-3, P-3, 6-3, E-5, 4-3, R)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 3-U, 1B, RBI)
3a. Ben Carhart, C: 1-4 (1B, K, 3-1, P-6)
3b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: NO AB
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (5-4-3 DP, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
5. P. J. Higgins, SS: 1-3 (BB, 1B, P-6, 6-3, R)
6. Michael Foster, RF: 1-4 (K, 3B, 4-3, E-4, R, RBI)
7. Angelo Amendolare, DH: 0-2 (F-8, BB, BB, F-7, R)
8. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-4 (4-6 FC, 1B, 1-3, K, RBI)
9. Donnie Cimino, LF: 0-4 (E-6, K, E-6, K, R)

1. Eric Jokisch: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 6/5 GO/FO, 55 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Jesus Camargo: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/FO, 40 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Jesus Castillo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 39 pitches (24 strikes)

SS P. J. Higgins: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) : 

Ben Carhart: 0-2 CS 


AZ PHIL: It looks like Zach Godley is having a nice run so far. What happened to Jefferson Mejia, who was supposed to be the key piece in the Cubs trade for Montero (half D/half O)? Thanks.

Meija has a 6.08 ERA in 63.2 IP across A- and A for the Diamondbacks. But this is his first time about Rookie Ball and he just turned 21 on Sunday:


AZ Phil, is Duane Underwood and Tyler Skulina in Mesa? Thanks.

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  • crunch 53 min 20 sec ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.


  • Charlie 1 hour 58 min ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs:

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.


  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 43 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 


  • crunch 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


  • crunch 5 hours 34 min ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...


  • tim815 8 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.


  • Wrigley Rat 19 hours 3 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.


  • George Altman 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.

    i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts.  i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.

    I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    OF Jake Marisnick to 10-DAY IL, and Cubs recall LHRP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Prior to last season, Rule 4 Competitive Balance Draft picks could be traded in advance of the draft (the window beginning on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the start of the draft), although the pick could not be sold for cash, the pick itself could not be the PTBNL in a trade, and once traded the pick could not be flipped to a third team.

    However, there is presently a moratorium on trading Competitive Balance picks that extends through the conclusion of the 2021 draft, so right now no draft picks may be traded.