High A—Fort Myers 5, Daytona 1
Fort Myers won the opening game of the best-of-five Florida State League championships.
At the Dish: Daytona’s only run scored in the sixth on Gioskar Amaya’s RBI ground-rule double, plating Bijan Rademacher. Rademacher finished 3-for-3 and is hitting .800 in the post season while Amaya added a single. Daytona had nine hits but the Miracle turned four double plays.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua only lasted three innings, getting charged with two runs on five hits and a walk, One of the runs was unearned and he finished with three punchouts. Michael Jensen surrendered two runs in 2.2 innings and Stephen Perakslis yielded an unearned run in 1.1 frames. Gerardo Concepcion tossed a scoreless 8th.
D-Cubs Notes: The two teams are back at it on Friday night but Daytona hasn’t named a starter.
Low A—Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3—13 innings
Jeimer Candelario’s walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th gave Kane County the sweep of the Timber Rattlers.
At the Dish: Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first on back-to-back one-out doubles by Chesny Young and Candelario. They didn’t score again until the bottom of the 8th when Mike Olt, on rehab from Chicago via AAA Iowa, smoked a two-run blast over the scoreboard in left center to tie the game at 3-3. After squandering a bases loaded one-out chance in the 9th on a botched suicide squeeze, they loaded the bases again in the 13th and Candelario lined the game-winner back up the middle. Candelario finished with three hits while Shawon Dunston, Trey Martin and Olt all had two.
On the Hill: Duane Underwood never made it out of the fourth as his night ended early, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. He fanned three and allowed a solo homer in the 4th. The Cougars bullpen was the real heroes on Thursday night. Michael Heesch fanned two over 2.1 frames and James Pugliese added two more shutout frames. Jasvir Rakkar struckout six in 3.2 frames and despite allowing two walks to load the bases in the 12th, Francisco Carrillo got the win with 1.1 frames of shutout ball.
Cougars Notes: Kane County will face the winner of Burlington and Cedar Rapids who play the series finale on Friday night.