What a night.
The Daytona Cubs won the Florida State League North Title with a 4-0 two-hit shutout of the Dunedin Blue Jays.
C. J. Edwards pitched the first five innings and then Ryan Searle pitched the final four as Daytona came within two outs of throwing a no-hitter against Dunedin for the third time this season. Searle allowed the first hit of the game with one out in the ninth to Dunedin's Jon Berti. Searle allowed a second single to the next batter, but then struck out the next two batters to end the game.
The final line for Edwards was five innings, allowing only one walk. He struck out seven. Searle got the save after throwing four innings and allowing two hits and a walk. Searle struck out five.
This game started almost two hours late and then after one inning, was delayed for another half hour. After the second delay, Daytona got to Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez for one run in the second, two in the third and another in the fourth.
Third baseman Kris Bryant was 3 for 3 with a two-run double in the third inning. Bryant was also hit by a pitch in the second inning and then scored on a Wes Darvill double. Darvill was 2 for 4 with the one RBI and one run scored.
Left fielder Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 4.
The best-of-five Florida State League Championship Series starts tomorrow night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Rays affiliate that beat Ft. Myers two games to none.
The Boise Hawks finished off the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 11-7.
Duane Underwood started and exited after getting into trouble in in the second inning. Underwood pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. He did not have a strikeout.
Loiger Padron took over for Underwood with one out and two on in the second inning and got the final two outs. He stayed in the game and got the win after Boise exploded for five runs in the top of the third. Padron pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Corbin Hoffner was pretty good in relief of Padron, although he did allow a run on two hits over 2.2 innings. He did strike out five and walk only one.
Unlike in Daytona, the Hawks' pitching staff didn't carry the team on their backs. But they didn't have to. DH Justin Marra had a two-run double in the first inning and a second two-run double in the third inning. Marra was 2 for 5 with the four RBI and one run scored.
Both Marra and center fielder Kevin Encarnacion have tortured Salem-Keizer this season. Tonight, Encarnacion was batting leadoff and he went 3 for 5 with a double and a walk. He scored three runs and had one RBI.
Second baseman Danny Lockhart was 3 for 6 with two runs scored and one batted in. Third baseman David Bote was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored two runs.
Boise will take on Vancouver at Memorial Stadium in Boise Friday night. The Northwest League Championship Series is best-of-thee, with games two and three (if necessary) in Vancouver.