Smokies force Game 5; Boise, Daytona lose

Tennessee stayed alive in the Southern League playoffs beating Birmingham to force a deciding game Monday night at Smokies Park. Boise lost and will face Vancouver in the series finale for the Northwest League crown Monday night. Daytona came within two outs of the FSL title but Charlotte rallied for the walk-off win.

Southern League Division Series—Game 4—Tennessee 10, Birmingham 7

Tennessee used timely hitting to even the series with Birmingham and force a deciding game Monday night at Smokies Park.

At the Plate: Tennessee fell behind 2-0 but tied the game in the third on Arismendy Alcantara's first hit of the playoffs, a two-run single. Jonathan Mota put the Smokies ahead with a RBI single and Matt Szczur followed with a two-run double in the fourth. Taylor Davis added another two-run double in the sixth and the Smokies tacked on three more runs in the eighth as Mota ripped a two-run triple and scored on Szczur's sacrifice fly. RF Rubi Silva went 4-4 with three runs while Alcantara, Mota and Davis all finished with two hits. Tennessee had 10 hits in the game.

On the Mound: Tennessee cleaned out their bullpen using seven pitchers to get the win as Eduardo Figueroa didn't make it out of the third allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks. A.J. Morris got out of trouble in the third but got charged with a run in the fifth, throwing 2.2 innings. Morris got the win in his 48-pitch outing with two strikeouts. Yeiper Castillo (.1IP, 2H 1UER, 1BB), Tony Zych (1.2 IP, 1H, 3K), and Hunter Cervenka (.1IP, 2BB, 1K) all got credit for a hold. P.J. Francescon got the Barons in the 8th but could only record two outs in the 9th allowing three runs, two scoring on a homer. Frank Batista retired the final hitter for the save.

Smokies Notes: The deciding game of the series will be held at Smokies Park at 7:15 p.m. EST. Starters have not been named.

Florida State League Finals—Game 3—Charlotte 3, Daytona 2

Charlotte tied the game with a solo homer in the 8th and scored two runs in the 9th for the walk-off win to extend the Florida State League Championship series

At the Plate:The Cubs grabbed the lead in the first as Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss singled, and moved up a base on an errant pick-off throw to second. After Dustin Geiger struck out, Daniel Vogelbach singled to the opposite field scoring Chen. The Cubs added a run in the seventh when Kris Bryant singled and scored on Chadd Krist's double. Chen finished with three hits and Zeke DeVoss was 1-2 with a walk.

On the Mound: Corey Black had his second impressive playoff outing allowing a single and two walks in six shutout innings. He fanned two on Sunday and threw 11 shutout innings in the playoffs. Black issued a free pass to start the seventh to end his night and Jeffrey Lorick entered the game and promptly retired the first three batters he faced. Lorick surrendered a leadoff pinch-hit homer in the 8th ending a 43 consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned run. Lorick got the next hitter but was replaced by Austin Reed. Reed threw one pitch, allowing a double before rain suspended play. Zach Cates took over after the rain delay and the first hitter singled to center. Zeke DeVoss came up throwing and gunned down the runner at home to preserve the lead. Cates got the final out of the 8th but issued two free passes in the ninth that would prove to be the winning runs. A single scored the first run and a line drive down the right field line gave the Stone Carbs the win.

Cubs Notes: Game 4 of the series will be held on Monday night as Cubs top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards takes the mound for Daytona. The Cubs lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

Northwest League Finals—Game 2 —Vancouver 4, Boise 2,

Vancouver evened the series and the two teams meet Monday night for the Northwest League championship. Michael Wagner (0-3 4.38), the Cubs 15th round pick this season, gets the start for Boise, facing Tom Robson (3-0 0.94).

At the Plate: Boise tied the game at 1-1 with two outs in the second when David Bote singled and scored on Jordan Hankins' double to left field. Daniel Lockhart added a RBI single in the eighth scoring Jesse Hodges, who doubled. Boise had seven hits and went 1-8 with RISP. Hankins finished with two hits and Rony Rodriguez doubled and walked twice.

On the Mound: Paul Blackburn made his second playoff start and was dominating fanning a career-high nine Canadians. Blackburn allowed a run in the first on two hits but that was it, pitching five innings as the right-hander retired the final 11 hitters he faced. Corbin Hoffner took the loss giving up the go-ahead run in the sixth and two more runs in the 7th. Hoffner surrendered five hits and walked one. Jasvir Rakkar got the final four outs, one on strikes.

Hawks Notes: CF Kevin Encarnacion was kicked out of the game for throwing his helmet in the fifth after being picked off first and was replaced in center field by pitcher Sam Wilson, who played outfield in college this spring. Wilson didn't bat and was pinch-hit for in the 8th.

Roster Moves

Chicago took RHP Scott Baker of the 60-day DL and designated Cody Ransom for assignment. Ransom made the ball club out of spring training hitting .189/.286/.420 in 62 games. He was used primarily at third but also played some first base and started one game at shortstop.

Cubs Sept. 8 minor league playoff box scores


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