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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 20

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Javier Baez had a nice game, but Iowa lost anyway. Kane County split a doubleheader.

Carlos Pimentel
Carlos Pimentel
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 2-1 when former Cub Brad Snyder hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Carlos Pimentel was solid in his first start since May 1. Pimentel tossed six shutout innings and surrendered only two hits. He struck out six and walked only one.

Frank Batista allowed the first Round Rock run in the seventh inning when he walked two batters with one out and then gave up an RBI double. He would intentionally walk one more batter before exiting the game for Marcus Hatley, who induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Alberto Cabrera faced one batter: Brad Snyder. It was his first loss of the season.

Iowa had 11 hits in this game and managed only one run. Round Rock had four hits and won the game.

Catcher Luis Flores was responsible for the only run with a home run in the fifth inning, his first of the season. Flores was 1 for 4.

Shortstop Javier Baez hit two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He now has a five-game hitting streak.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 4, as did third baseman Christian Villanueva.

Tennessee Smokies

Off day.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were shut out by the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), 3-0.

Rob Zastryzny started but he only pitched two innings in his first appearance since getting struck in the elbow with a line drive. But he did retire all six batters he faced, two by the strikeout.

Michael Jensen relieved Zastryzny and took the loss. He pitched three innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Daytona pitchers allowed three hits today and three runs, all unearned.

Right fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 2 for 3.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars split a doubleheader with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), dropping the first one 11-1 and taking the second game 1-0 in nine innings.

Juan Paniagua and Gerardo Concepcion had been pitching much better this season than they had last year, but not today. Paniagua allowed three runs on four this in only three innings. Paniagua walked four, hit a batter and struck out two.

Concepcion relieved Paniagua and couldn't get out of the fourth inning, surrendering five runs in only two-thirds of an inning.

Third baseman Ben Carhart was 2 for 3 and scored Kane County's only run. Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 3.

Clearly, Kane County got much better pitching in game two. Starter Justin Amlung allowed only three hits in the seven innings he pitched. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.

James Pugliese pitched the two extra innings and didn't allow a baserunner. He struck out one and picked up his second win of the year.

The winning run scored in the top of the ninth when Carlos Penalver walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Carhart. Penalver was 1 for 3 with a double and the walk. Carhart was 1 for 4.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer went 2 for 3.