Its playoff time in the minor leagues, and the Daytona Cubs are on the way to the FSL Championship Series. Daytona beat Dunedin in the best of three series and were crowned Florida State League North Division Champs late Wednesday night. Daytona begins the defense of its title Thursday night against Ft. Myers in the opener of the best of five series.
Kane County put its best record in the minors to test Wednesday and posted a win with the help of a rehabbing Mike Olt.
Boise lost in their opener despite a great pitching performance from Jake Stinnett and and the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to Hillsboro.
There much more to report, so take a look inside today’s Down on the Farm Report for all of the latest in post-season news.
Short Season-A – Boise Hawks
Boise was unable to sustain a lead in their playoff opener with Hillsboro as the Hawks lost 5-2 on Tuesday. The Hawks tied the game at one in the bottom of the third after Alex Tomasovich (1-for-3 with a home run) hit his first professional home run. Boise took the lead in the fourth after Danny Canela (1-for-4) led off with a single. Two wild pitches and a throwing error allowed Canela to score. Jake Stinnett got the start and performed like a second round draft pick. Stinnett struck out eight and allowed an unearned run in five innings. However, Brad Markey had some trouble as he gave up two runs (one earned) in 0.1 innings. Sam Wilson was unable to stem the tide as he yielded an earned run with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Corbin Hoffner surrendered an earned run while striking out four in two innings.
The Hawks had a 2-1 lead as late as the fourth inning, but the Hops scored four runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to eliminate Boise and advance to the Northwest League Championship Series.
Jeremy Null gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Tommy Thorpe could not keep Hillsboro off the board and he surrendered two runs on three hits with a strikeout in 1.1 innings.
Justin Marra (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) was responsible for all of Boise’s runs. Marra hit a two-run homer in the second inning with Jesse Hodges (1-for-3 with a run score) along for the ride. Boise managed only six hits and Rashad Crawford (3-for-4 with a double) collected three of the six.
Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars
Opening night for Kane County had a surprise as rehabbing Mike Olt joined the club and helped lead the Cougars to a 7-3 victory over Wisconsin. Kane County scored first in the second inning after singles by Jacob Rogers (1-for-5) and Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-4). Both players advanced a base on a wild pitch and Rogers scored on a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, singles from Shawon Dunston Jr. (1-for-3 with a stolen base) and Mark Zagunis (3-for-5) put runners on and a base hit from Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-4 with an RBI) plated Dunston. The fifth inning started with a walk to Dunston and a single by Zagunis, and both scored on a home run from Mike Olt (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI). Kane County added two runs in the eighth after Brockmeyer was hit by a pitch. Carlos Penalver (1-for-3 with an RBI) had a one out single and a base hit from Trey Martin (2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base) drove in Brockmeyer and Penalver.
Jen-Ho Tseng received the start for the Cougars and was his usual effective self. Tseng struck out four and allowed two earned runs in six innings. Starter Tyler Ihrig was called out of the bullpen to finish the game. Ihrig gave up an earned run as he struck out four in three innings for the save.
High Class–A – Daytona Cubs
It was a good, old fashioned romp for Daytona in their playoff opener Tuesday as the D-Cubs defeated Dunedin 11-1. Rob Zastryzny demonstrated the form that many expected from him all season as he struck out four and allowed an earned run in six innings. Starling Peralta, Gerardo Concepcion, and Jose Rosario each tossed a scoreless inning.
The offensive deluge began modestly enough after Dan Vogelbach (2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBI) led off the second with a double. A two out single by Willson Contreras (3-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Vogelbach, and a double from Bijan Rademacher (3-for-3 with a double and three RBI) scored Contreras. Gioskar Amaya (1-for-4 with a double) doubled with one out in the third and scored on a home run from Vogelbach. Billy McKinney (2-for-4 with a double) started the fourth with a double and Contreras followed with a single. A sacrifice fly scored McKinney, and a single from Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with an RBI) and a two out walk to Amaya loaded the bases. Kyle Schwarber (1-for-5 with a home run and four RBI) rocketed a Grand Slam home run to clear the bases. And the D-Cubs were not done. Consecutive one out singles by McKinney, Contreras, and Rademacher in the seventh inning plated McKinney and a force play allowed Contreras to score.
The Daytona Cubs are the FSL North Division Champs and advanced to the Florida State Championship Series with a 9-4 win over Dunedin Wednesday night to take the best of three series two games to none.
Daytona’s offense did not slow down Wednesday night and followed up the 11-run output on Tuesday night with nine more runs in the second game. Kyle Schwarber (1-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI), Dan Vogelbach (2-for-4 with three RBI) and Bijan Rademacher (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) drove in seven of the D-Cubs’ nine runs while Jacob Hannemann (3-for-5 with three runs scored) and Gioskar Amaya (3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored) set the table for the middle of the lineup.
Daytona scored eight of the nine runs in the first two innings. After Hannemann and Amaya led off with back-to-back singles to right, Dan Vogelbach plated Hannemann with a sac fly to center. Bijan Rademacher followed with a two-run homer to right. Willson Contreras led off the second with a double. A wild pitch advanced him to third and Marco Hernandez singled him in. Consecutive singles by Hannemann and Amaya loaded the bases. Kyle Schwarber singled in Hernandez and Hannemann. Vogelbach drove in Amaya and Billy McKinney delivered a two-out single that allowed Schwarber to score. Daytona scored their final run in the ninth after a one-out double by Amaya and a Vogelbach single to center.
Tayler Scott started the game and gave up four runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Nathan Dorris pitched three scoreless with a walk and a strikeout before the game was put into a rain delay. Austin Kirk tossed three shutout innings and Zack Godley recorded the last three outs.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs recalled OF Ryan Kalish from the Iowa Cubs; sent INF Mike Olt to the Kane County Cougars on a rehab assignment; assigned C Tyler Alamo to the Kane County Cougars from the AZL Cubs. The Kane County Cougars placed C Victor Caratini on the 7-day disabled list.