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Cubs Minor League Playoff Wrap: September 2

Some good news and some bad news in the playoffs tonight.


Two teams in action tonight.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series by clobbering the Dunedin Blue Jays, 11-1.

Rob Zastryzny was in control throughout this game. He pitched the first six innings and allowed one run on five his. He struck out four and walked only one.

The D-Cubs put this game away with a five-run fourth inning that made the score 9-0. The big blow in that inning was a opposite field grand slam by DH Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber was 1 for 5 on the night.

In the third inning, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run blast to make it 4-0. Vogelbach also doubled in a 2 for 5 night. He scored two runs.

Left fielder Bijan Rademacher was 3 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. He had three RBI.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 3 for 4. He scored three times and had one RBI.

Right fielder Billy McKinney went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

Daytona now travels to Dunedin for game two (and three if necessary) tomorrow night. Tayler Scott takes the mound for the Cubs.

Kane County Cougars

Take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tomorrow in Appleton. Jen-Ho Tseng pitches for the Cougars

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks were jumped over by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-2. The Hops now take a one game to none lead in the best-of-three series.

It was a great start for Jake Stinnett, who pitched five innings in one game for the first time as a professional Stinnett gave up just one unearned run on two hits. He struck out eight and didn't walk anyone. He did hit one batter.

The Hawks lead didn't last long after Stinnett exited. Reliever Brad Markey allowed two runs on two hits and only retired one batter. One of the two runs was unearned. Markey had neither a walk nor a strikeout.

First baseman Alex Tomasovich hit a solo home run in the third inning, which was his first professional home run. He was 1 for 3.

The Hawks now travel to Hillsboro for games two and hopefully three of the first round of the Northwest League playoffs. Jeremy Null will take the mound for Boise.