Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CUBS Daytona A
The Cubs playoff chances, seeming to have faded over the past few days, were sparked once again on Wednesday as they swept a doubleheader from Clearwater while first-place Tampa was busy losing to Brevard County.
The sweep, by scores of 2-0 and 5-2 at Bright House Field, pulled Daytona to within two games of the first-place Yankees in the Florida State Leagues North Division. The Cubs have four games remaining in the regular season one more at Clearwater and a three-game series at Lakeland. The Yanks close out their series at home against the Manatees on Thursday before hosting Dunedin for three games.
Alberto Cabrera tossed a complete-game, five-hitter in the opener. He struck out six and didnt walk a batter.
The Cubs scored both their runs in the sixth. Evan Crawford scored on a DJ LeMahieu fielders choice while Junior Lake took an extra base as Clearwater second baseman Fidel Hernandez made an error on the play. The miscue proved costly because Ryan Flahertys sacrifice fly brought home Lake on the next play.
Daytona overcame a 2-1 deficit in the nightcap, scoring twice in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Cubs took a 3-2 lead when pitcher Jacob Diekman threw a ball away on a Lake grounder back to through the box. Both runners scored. Jake Opitz had an RBI triple in the sixth and then scored on a Diekman wild pitch.
Chris Siegfried went 2 13 scoreless innings for the win.
In other action, Kane County blanked visiting Peoria, 7-0, pushing the Chiefs 3 games back of the Cougars in the race for the wild-card berth in the Midwest League. The Chiefs managed only five hits. The rehabbing Carlos Silva took the loss, allowing five runs in 4 23 innings. RHP Steven Grife was added from Boise while RHP Luis Liria was sent to Boise.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
A trio of pitchers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday night as Birmingham blanked visting Carolina, 5-0.
Jake Kahaulelios fifth inning single off was the only base hit the Mudcats would get off Charlie Leesman as the Barons faced only one batter over the minimum. Leesman 5-2, who struck out five, walked Felix Perez to lead off the game and he was quickly erased on a doubleplay. Deunte Heath and Anthony Carter each pitched perfect innings after Leesmans seven-inning stint.
Cole Armstrong had a solo homer and Josh Phegley had a double and an RBI for the Barons.
The Dash won their sixth consecutive game Wednesday, topping Lynchburg, 10-2, at BB&T Ballpark. The victory allowed Winston-Salem to maintain its one-game lead over Kinston in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division with five games remaining.
Jason Bour had a double and three RBIs to pace the Dash while Nick Ciolli had three hits and an RBI. Hes hitting .444 in four games since coming up from Kannapolis. Jon Gilmore had two hits and two RBIs while Seth Loman had a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Dylan Axelrod went seven innings, scattering eight hits and giving up both runs.
In other action, Kannapolis dropped a 1-0 decision at Delmarva. Justin Collop 9-11 pitched a complete game, striking out seven over eight innings. Durham defeated Charlotte, 4-3, at Durham Athletic Park. The Bulls scored all four runs in the eighth inning. Ryan Braun took the loss and was also charged with a blown save. Jeff Marquez started and pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings. Dayan Viciedo had a homer and two RBIs while brent Morel had two hits and an RBI.
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