Update: Please see my comments for a scouting report on Casey McGehee.
There's really only one game that matters today, so we might as well lead off with Daytona.
Marcos Mateo started the clinching game yesterday and allowed one run in the four innings before the rain came. Mateo got nicked for six hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Todd Blackford improved his record at Daytona to 7-1 with three shutout innings today when play resumed. Blackford allowed two hits while striking out three Hammerheads. He did not issue any walks.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks in the clincher. Barney scored twice and batted three in.
Center fielder Jim Adduci went 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Ty Wright was 3 for 5. DH Blake Lalli went 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI.
First baseman Russ Canzler went 2 for 5 with a double and scoring twice.
In the second game, Hung-Wen Chen gave the D-Cubs another strong five-inning start. Chen allowed only one run on three hits. Chen didn't walk anyone and struck out five.
Brian Schlitter, however, picked a good game to give Daytona his first blown save, first loss and allow his first runs in the Cub organization. Schlitter only retired one batter and allowed two men to score on three hits. If you're going to have a meltdown, best have it in the meaningless last game of the season, I guess.
In the second game, Darwin Barney continued his late-season surge with another 2 for 3 game with a double and a run scored. Center fielder Yusuf Carter also went 2 for 3 with a double.
The D-Cubs will host the Palm Beach Cardinals Tuesday in the first game of a best-of-three playoff.
Iowa's ninth inning rally went to waste as the I-Cubs fell to the Omaha Royals, 6-5 in ten innings.
Starter Mike Burns allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. Burns struck out two.
Kevin Hart threw a perfect inning of relief.
Justin Berg pitched the ninth inning and got the loss when he allowed the game-winning home run to Royals farmhand Kila Ka'aihue, whom I only mention because he's got a cool Hawai'ian name.
Catcher Tony Richie was 3 for 4 with an RBI. First baseman Jason Dubois went 2 for 5 and knocked two home.
The Smokies were humiliated by the Carolina Mudcats, 21-2.
Donnie Veal followed up his good start last time with an atrocious one. Veal allowed eight runs on ten hits and four walks over four plus innings. Veal struck out five.
I suppose the good news is that the other pitcher who got shelled was actually shortstop Jose Made, who managed to get one out and allow eleven runs. His ERA on the year now stands at 297.00. I don't think they'll convert him to the mound.
Third baseman Josh Lansford eventually relieved Made, and he actually got two outs and didn't allow a hit. He did walk one and strike out one.
Left fielder Tyler Colvin was 2 for 4 with a double. Matt Matulia went 2 for 4 and scored a run.
The Chiefs pounded out fourteen hits en route to beating the Kane County Cougars, 8-6.
It's been a rough season for Robert Hernandez, but he went out on a high note. Hernandez picked up his second win of the season with five innings, allowing only one run on six hits. Hernandez walked one and struck out two.
Jake Muyco got his fourth save. He allowed a walk in a hitless ninth inning. Unless he pitches tomorrow, Muyco will finish the season with a 1.80 ERA in 34 innings for Peoria. (He didn't allow a run in five innings for Boise.) I've said it before and I'll say it again: Muyco had a hell of a season for someone who started out in April as the backup catcher for the Tennessee Smokies.
Left fielder Elvis Lara had another big day with the bat by going 4 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Second baseman Josh Harrison was 2 for 6 with a run scored and an RBI. Third baseman Jovan Rosa went 2 for 6 with a run scored and two RBI.
DH Dylan Johnston is probably sad to see the season end tomorrow, as he went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. First baseman Luis Baustista was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. He also got hit by a pitch.
Right fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
The Hawks shut down the Spokane Indians, 3-1.
Aussie Ryan Searle pitched the first five innings and didn't allow a hit. Searle walked two Indians and struck out two.
David Cales got his first save of the season. Cales allowed one unearned run over two innings.
Right fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 3 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.