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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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 


  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!


  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 


  • tim815 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).


  • bradsbeard 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability


  • Hagsag 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?


  • tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.


  • Hagsag 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?


  • tim815 5 days 12 min ago (view)

    That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future. 


  • tim815 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.