Cubs May 20 Minor League Recap

Ben Carhart delivered a two-out single in the top of the ninth to lead Kane County to a 1-0 win and split of their DH. Iowa, Daytona and the VSL Cubs all lost.

Roster Moves

RHP Frank Batista has joined the Iowa Cubs after being on loan to the Mexican League to Tijuana ( 14 G, 18.2 IP, 15 H, 6 BB 16 K, 2.41 ERA). He pitched in three games at AA Tennessee after starting the year at extended spring training.

AAA—Round Rock 2, Iowa 1

A walk-off homer from Brad Snyder in the bottom of the ninth gave Round Rock it second straight win over Iowa.

At the Dish: C Luis Flores gave the I-Cubs a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the fifth, his first. It was Iowa's only run as they had 11 hits and drew three walks but were 1-6 with RISP.......Javier Baez (.176) had a pair of doubles to extend his hitting streak to five games.......Christian Villanueva (.236) is starting to heat up as he collected his third multi-hit game in the past five......Arismendy Alcantara (.271) was 2-4 batting leadoff while Chris Valaika (.303) and Josh Vitters (.219) were both 1-3 with a walk.

On the Hill: Carlos Pimentel was stellar for six innings against his former organization, allowing only two hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned six and threw 83 pitches, 53 for strikes.....Frank Batiste's AAA debut was forgettable as the right hander allowed the tying run to score, allowing a double and three walks in one-third of an inning. He was charged with a blown save......Marcus Hatley worked 1.2 innings of relief and got the I-Cubs out of a bases loaded jam.......Alberto Cabrera's second pitch of the ninth was deposited over the right-center field wall for the game winner

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa looks to snap its losing skid as Eric Jokisch (2-4, 4.37 ERA) get the start.


Had the day off and open a five-game series with Mobile as MLB veteran Joel Pineiro makes his second start.....Manager Buddy Bailey told Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie that Pierce Johnson is healthy after leaving last night game after only 47 pitches (4 IP).

High A—Bradenton 3, Daytona 0

Bradenton scored three unearned runs and held the D-Cubs to just five hits.

At the Dish: Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances as Chen was the only Daytona hitter to solve Marauders' pitching.......Jeimer Candelario, Chadd Krist and Rock Shoulders all singled. Cubs only had two chances with runners in scoring position.

On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny made his first appearance since being hit with a line drive on the throwing arm on May 7. The left-hander tossed two shutout innings, his first positive outing since April 12 when he allowed on earned run in 5.2 innings. Zastryzny threw 29 pitches, 20 for strikes. He is expected to start one of two two DH games this weekend in Daytona.....Michael Jensen allowed a pair of unearned runs and took the loss. He surrendered two hits and a walk with a strikeout. Jensen threw 40 pitches, 24 for strikes......Stephen Perakslis was charged with an unearned run in this three-inning, 36-pitch effort. He held Bradenton to one hit and a walk with a strikeout.

D-Cubs Notes: Daytona and Bradenton will play Wednesday morning with a 10:30 a.m. EST start. Daytona hasn't named a starter.

Low A—Game 1—Wisconsin 11, Kane County 1; Game 2—Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0—9 innings

Benjamin Carhart's singled scored Carlos Penalver in the ninth inning as the Cougars earned a split in extra innings.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Kane County had eight hits but went 0-7 with a RISP, got two runners caught stealing and grounded into a double play.....Jacob Hannemann broke a 0-27 streak with two singles in three trips. Hannemann was thrown out trying to steal and also picked off.....Benjamin Carhart ran his hitting streak to five games (10-18) with two hits......Shawon Dunston continues to up his average as the 21-year-old was 1-3 and shows a good approach at the plate despite a slow start......Will Remillard and David Bote both doubled.....GAME 2—With two outs in the ninth, Carlos Penalver walked, stole second (12), and scored on Carhart's single. Penalver doubled earlier and Cael Brockmeyer added two singles, as KC only had four for the game.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Kane County pitching got battered for 12 hits and issued seven free passes. Juan Paniagua (0-3 4.94 ERA) had problems with his command as the Rattlers scored three runs on four hits and four walks. He fanned two and threw 70 pitches, only for for strikes......Gerardo Concepcion struggled and didn't get out of the fourth, allowing five runs on five hits and walk. He threw 33 pitches and faced eight hitters.....Zak Hermans made his MWL debut in the stadium he went by many times as a kid visiting relatives in the Appleton area. The right-hander got the final out of the fourth with anymore damage and pitched a scoreless fifth. In the sixth, he got tagged for three runs on three hits and a pair walks. Hermans fastball was in the low 90s and he threw 41 pitches, 21 for strikes.........GAME 2—With Jen-Ho Tseng on the DL, Justin Amlung took the mound and had his best outing as a professional. In his second start of the year, both against Wisconsin, Amlung tossed a career-high with seven innings. He held the Rattler scoreless on 71 pitches, fanned five, and only allowed three singles......RH James Pugliese (2-0 1.10 ERA) added two more shutout innings to earn the win. Pugliese retired all six hitters he faced, one on strikes, using only 17 pitches.

Cougars Notes: Kane County looks to take the series on Wednesday as Duane Underwood (0-1 2.92 ERA) get the start, his seventh.

Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 8, Cubs 7

The woes in Venezuela continue for the Cubs as the Tigers handed them their sixth straight loss.

At the Dish: The Cubs pounded out 10 hits as Miguel Rico and Luis Hidalgo both clubbed their second homers. Hidalgo's blast was a slam and he also added another RBI. Rico, Humberto Garcia and Jose Gonzalez all had two hits.

On the Hill: Only four of the runs were earned as Mauro Vides gave up six hits and was charged with three unearned runs......Chris Pieters allowed two runs in 2.1 frames and Jose Leidenz was charged with a blown save and took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits.......Jesus Arias tossed two scoreless innings.

Cubs Minor League box scores May 20

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