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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  • Hagsag 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Is AZ Phil okay?


  • crunch 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    gene clines has died.

    he was with the organization on/off for a notable amount of time as both a player and coach.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    sammy sosa off the HOF ballot after 10 years.  he finishes up with a 18.5% vote, highest in any year.


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs sign 31 year old eric yardley to a minor league deal.

    he's a 31 year old righty that throws sub-90mph junk.


  • Sonicwind75 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Thank you for sharing Mike.  Sounds like the former owner was a high character human being and should be celebrated.  Haven't had a chance to attend a game there since I moved away from Des Moines in 2007 but recall it being a great ballpark experience.  Has there been any word of the new owners making any major changes?


  • crunch 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    a 22 month old.

    a'ite.  i'm done with Earth.  going to Pluto.  don't bother visiting or calling.  later.


  • JoePepitone 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Ex-Cub Sergio Mitre convicted of rape and murder of a young child, per a news story from SI --


  • Cubster 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    Jason Schmidt signs with Dodgers, 3/44.


  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    20 year, 800m contract incoming...front loaded 150m over the first 2 years with a player opt out after that...


  • videographer 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego. 


  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    carlos correa has hired scott boras...


  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    The IFA market isn't exactly an equal access thing. Not only do the Cubs have a slightly smaller bonus pool than some teams, players are often linked to teams through their trainers well before they are able to sign. It's not like when these kids are 14 that the teams know for sure that they have a top of the class player on their hands two years in the future.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.


  • cubbies.4ever 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher.  Given it's still early.  Also disappointing that their best signing is #18.  Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc.  I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba


  • bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)?