High A—Daytona 8, Fort Myers 7
Willson Contreras’ three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th kept Daytona alive for another day.
At the Dish: Trailing 6-5 and down to their final six outs of the season, Benjamin Carhart drew a walk and Bill McKinney followed with a single. After D-Cubs announcer Robbie Aaron had just gotten down describing Contreras’ homer against Fort Myers earlier in the season, the right-handed hitting catcher deposited the next pitcher over the left-field wall. Cubs took their first lead of the series in the second with a RBI groundout by Bijan Rademacher and a two-run single from Marco Hernandez. An RBI single from Benjamin Carhart and a RBI double from Willson Contreras put the D-Cubs up 5-3 in the third. Contreras finished 3-for-3 while McKinney and Carhart had two hit each.
On the Hill: Nathan Dorris got the start and lasted three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Yao-Ling Wang gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits. Gerardo Concepcion fanned the side in the 7th and Stephen Perakslis worked around two hits in the 8th to keep the Miracle off the board, and got credit for the win. Zack Godley surrendered a solo homer in the ninth but got a fielder’s choice to end the game and pick up the save, fanning two in the inning.
D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny gets the start in Game 4 on Sunday night for Daytona.
Low A—Kane County 5, Cedar Rapids 2
Mark Zagunis knocked in two runs with a homer and a triple to lead the Cougars past Cedar Rapids in the opener.
At the Dish: Cubs third-round pick Mark Zagunis tripled in the first run, knocked in two more on a hard ground to first that was ruled an error, and smacked a solo homer in the 9th to lead the offense. Daniel Lockhart added a sacrifice fly in the 8th, scoring Cael Brockmeyer, who tripled. Cougars only had five hits with singles from Jeimer Candelario and Carlos Penalver.
On the Hill: Daury Torrez scattered seven hits over five innings, holding the Kernals to one run. He fanned five and threw two wild pitches. Zak Hermans earned the win, surrendering an unearned run on a hit and a walk, The Princeton grad fanned three in 1.2 innings. Michael Heesch went 1.1 scoreless frames and Francisco Carrillo struckout the side in the ninth for the save.
Cougars Notes: Paul Blackburn (9-4, 3.23 ERA) looks to close out the Kernals on Sunday as the best-of-three series heads back to Kane County. The Kernals send John Curtiss, a 2014 sixth-round pick from Texas who will be making his MLB debut after 31 innings in the Appalachian League (2-1, 2.30 ERA).