Juan Paniagua throws career best, 5/25 Recap

Kane County right-hander Juan Paniagua turned in the best outing of his career Sunday night, tossing 6.1 solid innings for his first win. Javier Baez upped his hit streak to 10 games with a pair of hits, including his second career grand slam in Iowa's win. Dustin Geiger homered in Tennessee's victory while Daytona split a DH.

AAA—Iowa 7, Colorado Springs 3

Javier Baez lined a grand slam homer over the right field wall as Iowa beat Colorado Springs for the second straight day.

At the Dish: Javier Baez (.211) continues to punish baseballs. The 21-year-old extended his hitting streak to ten games with a single in the fourth and launched an opposite field grand slam in the fifth, his seventh homer of the season. Baez is hitting .390/.409/.829 during the streak with nine runs, four homers and 11 RBI......... Arismendy Alcantara (.263/.302/.491) hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot in the 7th from the left side of the plate.....Matt Szczur (.246), Casper Wells (.412) and Eli Whiteside (.168) all had two hits, including a double for each.

On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks (5-3, 3.21 ERA) earned the win as the right-hander threw 96 pitches in six innings. He gave up two runs on two doubles in the third and three singles in the fourth led to another run. He walked three and fanned two, his lowest total of the season, but got nine ground ball outs.......The I-Cubs bullpen was unhittable. Yoanner Negrin tossed two innings of no-hit ball and Blake Parker threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (3-4 3.98 ERA) gets the ball for the I-Cubs 12:05 P.M. CST against Colorado Springs.


AA—Tennessee 7, Mobile 2

Dustin Geiger hit a two-run homer and RHP Julio Rodriguez had a solid outing in his Cubs debut as the Smokies snapped a two-game losing streak.

At the Dish: Rubi Silva doubled in the first, took third on Kris Bryant's grounder and scored when the throw to third to get him from first, got by the third baseman......The Smokies added four runs in the fourth on five hits. Rafael Lopez continued his great season as the catcher singled to lead off the inning. Dustin Geiger doubled and Wes Darvill followed with a two-run triple. Jeudy Valdez singled home Darvill and then scored on Jae-Hoon Ha's RBI single.......Geiger hit his first homer since April 27 with a two-run shot in the fifth. It was Geiger's sixth homer and his second straight multi-hit game......Lopez finished 2-3 and is hitting .310.....Bryant went 0-4 and ended his hitting streak at 10 games.

On the Hill: Julio Rodriguez (1-0 1.69 ERA) used a fastball and breaking ball to keep the Mobile hitters off balance, allowing two doubles and a walk in five shutout innings. At 6-foot-4 Rodriguez creates good downward plane on his fastball and showed good command in his first start—90 pitches, 57 for strikes in 5.1 innings. Rodriguez fanned five and left with a runner on second and one out in the sixth......Hunter Cervenka, who had been on the DL, saw his first action since May 10 and was greeted with a double by the first hitter he faced, scoring the inherited runner. He allowed another run in the frame and finished the night tossing 1.1 innings.....Arodys Vizcaino worked 1.1 scoreless innings and Armando Rivero retired the side in the ninth, two on strikes, but not before a hit and two walks

Smokies Notes: The Smokies head to Huntsville for a five-game series and a starter hasn't been named for Monday's game.


High A—GAME 1—Daytona 4, Clearwater 1; GAME 2—Clearwater 5, Daytona 2

Clearwater snapped Daytona's three-game win streak with a win in the night cap.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Daytona scored in each of the first three innings, taking a 1-0 lead in the first when Pin-Chief Chen tripled and came home on Bijan Rademacher's RBI single. Marco Hernandez (.279) continues to have a solid year at the plate as the shortstop delivered a RBI triple, scoring Chadd Krist, who led off the inning with a double...... A wild pitch plated the third run and Gioskar Amaya added a RBI single in the two-run third......Chen finished 2-3 with a walk.; GAME 2—Cubs didn't have much success off former big leaguer Adam Loewen as the left-hander held Daytona to four hits in six innings.....Rademacher tripled home a run and scored on Willson Contreras' ground out in the fifth for the D-Cubs two runs....Albert Almora (.266) went 2-3 and Jeimer Candelario doubled.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Rob Zastryzny made his second start since getting hit with a liner on his pitching arm and held the Threshers scoreless for three innings. He fanned four and worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the first inning. The left-hander allowed two hits and walked one.....Trevor Graham is finding life easy back in his home state of Florida. After being assigned to Daytona from extended spring training, the right-hander earned his second win, throwing three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and fanned one, and hans't allowed a run in 7.2 innings in the FSL.....Austin Reed pitched the final inning, allowing a solo homer; GAME 2—Fresh off the disabled list with a tight hamstring, Felix Pena took the mound in the second game. Pena came into the game not allowing more than one earned run in any of his eight starts. That streak stayed in tact but Pena only last three innings as he yielded three hits and walked three, laboring in his first game back. Only one of the runs was earned and he fanned two......Tyler Ihrig made his second appearance but surrendered his first homer, a two-run shot. He finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 4H, 2ER, 0 BB, 2K.....Stephen Perakslis got the final two outs in the 7th.

D-Cubs Notes: Felix Pena came off the DL to start the second game of the doubleheader after experiencing some hamstring tightness.....Starling Peralta was assigned to Boise to make room for Pena on the roster......Daytona has Monday off and host the Palm Beach Cardinals for four games May 27-30.


Low A—Kane County 7, Peoria 3

Juan Paniagua pitched a career-high 6.1 innings and limited to the Chiefs to three hits for his first win of the year and Cael Brockmeyer hit his first pro homer, a two-run shot.

At the Dish: Kane County got all the runs they would need in the second when Jacob Rogers doubled and scored on Cael Brockmeyer's first pro homer.......Jordan Hankins doubled down the left field line to score Yasiel Balaguert in the 4th and Daniel Lockhart scored on wild pitch in the 5th.......The Cougars broke the game open in the 8th. Rogers ripped his second double of the game, scoring Benjamin Carhart, who singled to extend his hit streak to 10 games. Hankins followed with his second double, scoring two more runs....Brockmeyer went 2-3 and is hitting .340 in 16 games.

On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (1-3, 4.34 ERA) won his first game of the season and turned in the best performance of his pro career. Signed by the Cubs in 2012 to a $1.5 million bonus, visa issues and the inability to command the strike zone have hampered Paniagua's development. That was not the case Sunday night as he didn't walk any of the 21 hitters he faced. The 23-year-old fanned four and held the Chiefs to a run on three hits......Corbin Hoffner threw 1.2 hitless frames of relief, stranding his inherited runner in the seventh. He walked two and fanned one.......The Chief got two runs off Tyler Bremer in the ninth on two extra base hits and a walk .

Cougars Notes: Justin Amlung (3-0 1.75 ERA) makes his third start on Monday with a 1 p.m. CST start.


Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 15, Cubs 1

Tigers scored 13 runs in the sixth as the Cubs pitching walked 10 hitters in the loss.

At the Dish: Cub only run scored in the fifth after a throwing error allowed Henrry Pedra to score from third. Cubs only managed three hits, one each from Humberto Garcia, Roberto Vahlis and Luis Hidalgo.

On the Hill: Harrison Bermudez allowed an unearned run in three innings and Jose Leidenz tossed a pair of shutout frames. Then the sixth inning happened. Four hits and two walks from Chris Pieter, followed by two hits and five walks from Roman Valera plated 13 runs with only one out. Salvador Jerez got the final two outs and pitched a scoreless seventh. Jesus Arias allowed a run in the eighth.


Cubs Minor League box scores May 25

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