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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