The 2013 Cubs Minor League season came to an end Monday night. Daytona closed out a memorable run winning 16 of their final 18 games, including five of six in the playoffs behind some tremendous pitching to claim the FSL title. Tennessee and Boise were both beat in the deciding game of their post-season series.
Game 5—Southern League Division Series—Birmingham 7, Tennessee 3
Birmingham took advantage of four Tennessee errors in a four-run fourth to advance to the Southern League finals
At the Plate: The Smokies got on the board in the first with two outs as Javier Baez was hit by a pitch and took third on Justin Bour's single. Christian Villanueva followed with a single, plating Baez. Arismendy Alcantara drove in a run in the second with a single after Jonathan Mota and Matt Szczur walked. The Smokies got their final two runs of the night when Javier Baez launched a bomb to left field that nearly left the park, a two-run shot and his second of the series. It was his 39th of the season. Szczur, Alcantara, and Villanueva all finished with two hits. Rubi Silva hit a team-high .389 in the series.
On the Mound: RHP Neil Ramirez got the start allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks in 3.1 frames. Ramirez didn't have a strikeout and threw 67 pitches.....Matt Loosen came into the game in the fourth and fanned seven in 5.1 innings. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and gave up three hits. Armando Rivero got the final out in the ninth. The Barons loaded the bases in the fourth and cleared them on a fielding error by Alcantara and a throwing error by C Taylor Davis. A pickoff throw at second advanced a runner to third and the runner scored when Baez mishandled a grounder.
Game 4—Florida State League Championship—Daytona 4, Charlotte 0
At the Plate: The Cubs scored the only run they would need in the first when Pin-Chieh Chen led off with a single and eventually scored on Daniel Vogelbach's single, his 4th RBI of the series. Anthony Giansanti led off the second with a single and scored on Chadd Krist's single to left. The left-fielder misplayed the ball in left and when he tried to get Giansanti at third, the throw got away, and Giansanti raced home. With Krist at third, Wes Darvill singled for a 3-0 Cubs lead. Daytona added a run in the ninth as Krist singled, took second on a passed ball, and scored on Elliot Soto's single. Vogelbach finished with three hits while Krist and Darvill both had two. All three faced Charlotte starter Dylan Floro while playing in the Midwest League earlier this season for Kane County. Chen led Daytona with a .375 average in the finals, Kris Bryant hit .350 and Zeke DeVoss finished at .333.
On the Mound: C.J. Edwards tossed five shutout innings allowing a hit and two walks. The right-hander retired the first seven hitters and finished the playoffs with a line of 10 IP, 1H 0R, 3BB, 11 K "Tonight I went out and said I was going to leave it all on the field," Edwards said. "All I wanted to do is give my team the best chance to win. I couldn't have been traded to a better team. I love to win and this team loves to win as much as I do.".....Ryan Searle's playoff run has been impressive to say the least. He pitched four shutout innings in the title clinching game of the division series and then followed that up with four no-hit frames in the FSL clinching game, earning the save in both games......"You can't say enough about Edwards and Searle," Cubs manager Dave Keller said after the game. "They were awesome."
Cubs Notes: Daytona pitching allowed 3 ER in 54 IP and the four staters (Edwards, Corey Black, Ivan Pineyro and Pierce Johnson) didn't allow a run in 33 IP in six games.....The Stone Carbs hit .172 in the four-game series.
Game 3—Northwest League Finals—Vancouver 5, Boise 0
Three Vancouver pitchers blanked Boise on four hits as the Canadians won their third straight NWL title.
At the Plate: Boise didn't have many chances but a Rony Rodriguez double to lead off the seventh gave the Hawks a runner at third with one out but Vancouver's Alonzo Gonzalez came in and fanned Justin Marra and David Bote. Shawon Dunston, Lance Rymel and Bote all singled as the Hawks were held to four hits.
On the Mound: Cubs 15th round pick Michael Wagner got the start in the deciding game and worked into the fourth for the first time in his pro career. The right-hander gave up two runs in the third when Kevin Encarnacion misplayed a line drive to center that went for a double. Wagner finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 1K....... LHP Matt Iannazzo kept the Canadians off the board for 2.2 frames allowing a hit and a walk with three strikeouts....Zack Godley worked a scoreless seventh but allowed back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth and two more singles made it 5-0....Tyler Bremer got the final out in the eighth.
Hawks Notes: In all fairness to Boise they played the final two games of the series without two of their top players due to travel restrictions to Canada. SS Carlos Penalver, second in the NWL in runs, and OF Yasiel Balaguert, RBI leader in NWL, didn't make the trip as well as five other players.