One of these days we'll be able to follow these players take the Cubs to the playoffs but for now, the Cubs have 2 affiliates in the finals and one, Tennessee, getting ready to start tomorrow. As I've mentioned before, it's one thing to have your teams in the playoffs but the Cubs are doing it with prospects, not journeymen -- so it makes it a bit more meaningful.
On with your recap -- playoff fever edition...
Daytona 4 - Dunedin 0
- A wise man told me once, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes...it rains." Daytona got 2 of the 3 today and swept the best of 3 series 2-0 behind the pitching of CJ Edwards, who went 5 no-hit innings, walking one and striking out 8. And this despite the rain before the game and after the first inning. Edwards kept loose and kept it together and led the D-cubs into the finals.
- Veteran Ryan Searle kept the no-no going for 3 scoreless innings before finally allowing 2 hits in the bottom of the 9th...so close to the 3rd no-hitter for Daytona vs. Dunedin. How do you suppose Dunedin felt when they saw they were going up against this pitching staff in the playoffs
- The D-Cubs version of the dynamic duo, Pin-Chieh Chen (walk) and Zeke DeVoss (single) each got on base once and scored.
- Kris Bryant got HBP in his first AB and made Dunedin pay when he came around to score on Wes Darvill's double. Bryant then went on to get 3 hits, including a double and a 2-run single. He hit .833 in the two games. Darvill, meanwhile, also singled and scored a run. Bryant's performance has been nothing short of spectacular since signing. I'm beginning to think he has a legit shot at AA to start next year with a good offseason and spring.
- Slick fielding Elliot Soto doubled and drove in a run.
Boise 11 - Salem-Keizer 7
- The Hawks showed some confidence starting Duane Underwood in the 2nd game and while he didn't fare particularly well, it's nice for him to get the experience. He went 1.1 innings and walked 2 batters, allowed 2 hits, and gave up 3 runs.
- Swingman Loiger Padron came in to pitch the next 2.2 innings and kept the game from getting out of hand, allowing just one run while Boise piled on the offense.
- Corbin Hoffner is surely going to play a big role if Boise is going to win this thing. He pitched 2.2 innings and walked just one while striking out 5. He did allow a run, but with Boise's offense opening up a huge lead, he just needed to hold the fort.
- Experienced closer Tyler Bremer was setting up today and he gave up a couple more runs to make it even closer at 11-7. The Hawks used Eddie Orozco last year in that closer's role and he solidified the bullpen. He's back and has been thrust in that role once again for Boise. He slammed the door shut with a scoreless 9th to send Boise into the finals.
- Who else but Kevin Encarnacion would get this offensive machine started? He got on base 4 times with 2 singles, a double, and a walk, scoring 3 times. He also drove in a run. The CF'er provides a spark at the top of the lineup with his OBP skills and high energy style of play. The swing is a bit unorthodox, and I'm not sure how much it'll play at the upper levels but he's an exciting player who knows his role and plays it very well. He's an interesting guy to watch.
- Daniel Lockhart had 3 singles and scored twice. The overslot signing from the 2011 draft is finally starting to pay dividends with his solid play at 2B and his line-drive, contact oriented approach at the plate.
- C Justin Marra has been a revelation at the end of the year, stepping up and filling the offensive void created when Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona. He doubled twice today and drove in 4 runs.
- 3B David Bote singled twice, walked and scored 2 runs while driving in another.
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