The Daytona Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday and clinched the Florida State League North second half title. The D-Cubs have a shot at winning their second FSL Championship in three years and sixth in team history.
The Daytona Cubs have won eight games in a row and currently own the best record in the Florida State League this season with a 72-50-1 mark.
The D-Cubs won game one 6-2 behind a pair of two run homers, one by Dustin Geiger (1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored) and the other off the bat of Kris Bryant (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI). C.J. Edwards got the start and allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Lendy Castillo picked up the win after tossing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to close out the game.
The middle of the D-Cubs’ lineup has been very good of late. Dustin Geiger (.281/.366/.458/.824, 28 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs) has been solid all season and the additions of Dan Vogelbach (.268/.444/.439/.883, one double, two home runs) and Kris Bryant (.320/.358/.640/.998, four doubles, four home runs) have not hurt Daytona’s run production.
Daytona shut out Dunedin in 3-0 in game two, the make-up from the game postponed on August 20. Ryan Searle picked up the win after tossing three innings of scoreless ball in relief of Yao-Lin Wang. The two D-Cubs’ hurlers gave up just two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
Bijan Rademacher (1-for-2 with two RBI and a walk) and Yaniel Cabezas (1-for-3 with a RBI) drove in the D-Cubs’ runs and Wes Darvill (3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored) scored two of them.
Daytona opens the post season on Tuesday, September 3 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in a best of three series against the Dunedin Blue Jays. The D-Cubs will travel to Dunedin for games two and three, if necessary.