So...the Daytona Cubs look unstoppable right now and the Smokies offense finally woke up. Javy Baez woke up and hopefully that becomes a problem for the Barons, but the Smokies still have to win two in a row to advance. Here's the home run...
Hard to say but looks like Javy was giving it a bit to the catcher there after he hit it. I wonder if there's a history there.
The D-Cubs on the other hand, are on the brink of an FSL title. They are one win away and while Cubs fans know better than anyone that anything can happen and nothing is ever certain, there is no doubt they are playing very well right now . Still, I'm sure you'll all understand if I hold off on the celebration until the last out.
On with the recap...
Tennessee 9 - Birmingham 2
- LHP Eric Jokisch took the mound with a lot of pressure today. Not only were the Smokies on the brink of elimination, but they weren't scoring runs. Jokisch responded with a clutch 7.2 inning performance in which he allowed just two runs. Thankfully, the Smokies offense got it going today, so that was more than good enough. He walked 2 and struck out 4.
- Armando Rivero got the last out in the 8th and then gave why to the steady Frank Batista, who finished the game with a scoreless inning.
- OF Matt Szczur went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
- As seen above, Javier Baez unloaded with his first career postseason HR way out to left-center field. The blast drove in two. Baez also later singled and scored.
- 1B Justin Bour singled, scored a run, and drove in another. He had struggled up until now so perhaps this will get him going. He's been a steady presence in the middle of that order for Tennessee in the second half.
- 3B Christian Villanueva singled twice, scored, and added an RBI.
- Big day for OF John Andreoli who doubled twice and drove in two. He also scored a run. The Smokies offense has slumped a bit, but Andreoli has been one bright spot, hitting .455 in the first 3 games.
Daytona 2- Charlotte 0
- It seems the only thing that can stop the D-Cubs these days is the weather. They were able to get a full game in today and Ivan Pineyro stepped up and was his usual self, using a change-up to play up his average fastball and breaking pitch. He had the Stone Crabs off balance all day, going 7 scoreless innings and allowing just 3 singles and one walk. He also struck out 7, I've heard mixed opinion on Pineyro and much of that is likely because neither his fastball or breaking pitch are true out pitches, but his change-up has been a plus pitch since arriving. Could the Cubs have obtained another top finesse righty pitching prospect for the 2nd year in a row?
- LHP Frank Del Valle finished up with 2 scoreless innings to record the save.
- Not much offense but not much was needed today. The dynamic duo at the top, Pin-chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss each singled twice but did not factor in the scoring.
- Dustin Geiger singled and scored a run.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach got into the action today, driving in Geiger with a double for the game's first run and, as it turns out, the only one they needed. He also walked.
- Fellow late season arrival Kris Bryant led off the 7th with a double and then scored a key insurance run when Chadd Krist drove him home with a double of his own. Krist also singled.
- Anthony Giansanti doubled and went 1 for 4 overall.
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