Congratulations to all of our farmhands on our High-A franchise the Daytona Cubs, who won their fifth Florida State League Championship in franchise history. Tonight they defeated the St. Lucie Mets 4-2 to sweep the best-of-five series, three games to none.
The D-Cubs have been getting outstanding starting pitching the entire post-season. Tonight Dae-Eun Rhee took the mound for the second time in the playoffs and got the decisive win with six solid innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Rhee walked three and struck out five.
Rhee was relieved by Aaron Kurcz, who threw two shutout innings for a hold. He got in trouble in the eight inning after allowing a walk and a double with two outs, but then he struck out the final batter to get out of the jam without any runs scoring. Kurcz allowed just the one hit and one walk. He struck out three in the two innings.
Finally, fireman Frank Batista slammed the door shut with three groundouts in the ninth inning. The final out was a 1-unassisted ground out putout.
The D-Cubs scored a run in the top of the first to take an early lead when Evan Crawford singled and Greg Rohan doubled him home. After Rhee allowed two runs in the second inning, Daytona tied it up in the third when Justin Bour doubled home Matt Cerda.
The Cubs went ahead for good in the sixth inning when they lead off the inning with four straight singles from Abner Abreu, Matt Szczur, Elliot Soto and Logan Watkins. Michael Brenly then hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 and end the scoring.
Every D-Cub had a hit tonight except Brenly, and he contributed that big insurance run through the sac fly. DH Rohan was 3 for 5. First baseman Bour was 2 for 5. Shortstop Soto was 2 for 4.
The Championship is the fifth in franchise history. They previously won championships in 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2008. The 2004 championship was shared with Tampa when the post-season was cancelled due to Hurricane Ivan.
I'll next see you on Wednesday when Tennessee starts the Southern League Championship Series against either Birmingham or Mobile. That series is currently tied at 2-2.