Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 6

As the legend of Bryan LaHair continues to grow, the Baby Cubs in the playoffs had a rough night tonight.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs lost game one of the best-of-three series to the Dunedin Blue Jays,4-3 in ten innings.

There was nothing wrong with starting pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee, who allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning but no other runs. Rhee pitched six innings and surrendered six hits, but he did not walk anyone and struck out five.

This game got wild in the later innings. The Cubs bullpen loaded the bases with nobody out in three successive innings: the eighth, ninth and tenth. In the eighth inning. In the eighth inning, Frank Batista pitched out of the inning allowing only one run, which tied the game at three. In the ninth, Batista got three ground outs without anyone scoring, the first two getting the runner out at home.

In the tenth inning, Juan Serrano loaded the bases with no one out and he then he got a ground out, second to home. But when catcher Chad Noble tried for the double play at first base, Blue Jay pinch-runner Ryan Schimpf did a take out slide and Noble threw wild to first base and the runner from second scored. The Daytona radio team seemed to think it was a dirty play as Noble only had a toe on the plate. Noble also seemed to be hurt on the play and limped off the field.

Is that a dirty play if it was accurately described? I don't know. It seems like we see that kind of thing at second base all the time. But in those cases, the throw is going in the direction of the runner. In this case, it seems like he took out Noble from behind.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. DH Jake Opitz was 3 for 5 with an RBI. First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 5 and scored once.

The D-Cubs will try to even the series tomorrow night at home at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. They're the only Cubs minor league team in action tomorrow because . . .

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were swept under the rug by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies), 9-1. Tri-City wins the best-of-three series, two games to none.

Knuckleballer Joe Zeller was roughed up for five runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Zeller walked two and struck out two.

Right fielder Reggie Golden provided the only run the Hawks scored in the whole series with a home run in the sixth inning. Golden was 2 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch.

Second baseman Brad Zapenas was 2 for 4. Catcher Rafael Lopez went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

This game was distracted by a UFO in the later innings. Hey, I'm just going by what Mike Safford said. There was no video for the game.

The Hawks next take the field next June. Catch you then, Hawks fans.

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