9/3 Cubs Minor League Playoff Recap

Cubs pitching prospects grabbed the headlines as Daytona and Boise opened their playoff runs with victories. Daytona's Corey Black blanked Dunedin for five innings and the Cubs scored five times in the sixth for the 6-1 win in the FSL playoffs. Paul Blackburn picked a big stage for his best career outing working seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts as Boise beat Salem-Keizer 3-0.

Game 1—Florida State League Playoffs—Daytona 6, Dunedin 1

Daytona pitching blanked Dunedin for eight innings and the D-Cubs scored five times in the sixth to win the opening game of the Florida State League division series.

At the Plate: The D-Cubs were held to six hits but got a five-run fifth for the win. Pin-Chieh Chen got Daytona on the board in first with a leadoff double and took third on a Zeke DeVoss fly ball to center. With Dustin Geiger batting, Austin Bibens-Dirkx uncorked a wild pitch and Chen raced home. A single and two walks loaded the bases in the sixth and DeVoss turned a 0-2 count into the third walk of the inning and a 2-0 lead. Daniel Vogelbach hit a RBI grounder to second that was mishandled and everyone was safe. Kris Bryant, named the Cubs organizational Player of the Month for August earlier in the day, ripped a two-run single to left for a 5-0 Cubs lead. The final run of the inning scored when Vogelbach beat the throw home on a short fly ball to right off the bat of Anthony Giansanti. Bryant went 2-3 while Elliot Soto, Geiger and Vogelbach added singles.

On the Mound: Corey Black won his fifth consecutive game for Daytona blanking the Blue Jays for five innings. The 22-year-old pitched into the sixth and said after the game getting the ball to start game one gave him a lot of confidence. Using a first-pitch fastball the first time through the line-up and mixing in the change-up the second time around, Black fanned seven yielding five hits and a walk. The right-hander gave up a leadoff single in the sixth and manager Dave Keller brought in Frank Del Valle. The Cuban left-hander put Dunedin down in order in the sixth and then worked around a leadoff double in the seventh. Austin Reed pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout and Lendy Castillo worked the ninth, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with two strikeouts, including the final batter of the game. Cubs pitching fanned 12 Blue Jay hitters with just one walk.

Cubs Notes: The two teams sat through a 1:56 rain delay......The series heads to Dunedin on Wednesday as C.J. Edwards faces Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez.

Game 1—Northwest League Playoffs—Boise 3, Salem-Keizer 0

Paul Blackburn and Zack Godley combined for a shutout as Boise blanked Salem-Keizer in the opening game of the best-of-three series.

At the Plate: Boise scored all the runs they would need on the first four pitches of the game. Kevin Encarnacion opened bottom of first with a single and scored on Daniel Lockhart's double when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Yasiel Balaguert followed with a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Lockhart for a 2-0 lead. The same three hitters combined again in the seventh as three straight singles put Boise ahead 3-0 when Encarnacion scored on Balaguert's third hit of the game. Encarnacion was 3-4 while Rony Rodriguez, Carlos Penalver and Lance Rymel all singled as Boise had 11 hits.

On the Mound: Paul Blackburn was lights out for seven innings retiring the final 15 hitters he faced and finishing the night with eight strikeouts. He allowed two hits and didn't walk a batter for only the second time this season. It was the longest outing of his career and matched a career-high for strikeouts.... RHP Zack Godley, the Cubs 10th round pick out of Tennessee, kept the Volcanoes off the board the final two innings for the save. He fanned three yielding a hit and a walk.

Hawks Notes: The best-of-three series heads to Salem-Keizer on Wednesday as Duane Underwood takes the mound for the Hawks against Chris Johnson, the Giants farmhand.

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