Brenly Provides Big Blast for Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH – After a poor showing in their first two games, one Cubs affiliate finally got their first win of the season Saturday.

Mike Brenly's three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Daytona Cubs a 7-4 victory over Brevard County at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Back-to-back singles by Kyler Burke and Josh Vitters with two outs in the inning brought Brenly to the plate. "Kyler and Josh did a great job keeping the 12th inning alive," said Brenly, the son of Cubs television broadcaster Bob Brenly.

The Manatees had blanked the Cubs (1-2) in each of the first two games of the series, with Daytona held to one hit in the season opener.

"It's hard to believe that we played 12 innings (Saturday) and there were only three innings that runs were scored," Cubs manager Buddy Bailey said. "The thing I'm happy with is we didn't strike out like we had the first two games. We put the ball in play."

In the fourth inning, Daytona scored its first run of the season, which was set up by Brenly and Ryne White walks and a Smaily Borges single up the middle. With the bases loaded, Marwin Gonzalez then hit a ball out 50 feet down the third base line for an infield single, allowing Brenly to score.

David Macias followed with a bases-clearing, three-run double to left.

"We had two really big blows in the game -- Macias' double and Brenly's homer -- and one really, really small one," said Bailey.

Daytona starter Alberto Cabrera held the Manatees to just two hits in six scoreless innings in a no-decision. He didn't allow any other base runners. Cabrera retired the first seven batters he faced.

Reliever Luke Sommer started the seventh but didn't make it out of the inning. The Manatees came up with four runs (unearned) after Sommer hit a batter and Macias committed a throwing error. Sergio Miranda and Michael Roberts each had RBI singles and Anderson De La Rosa hit a two-run triple in the inning for Brevard.

Mike Perconte got the final out in the seventh and went on to fire three scoreless innings to keep the game tied, 4-4. Relievers Chris Siegfried and Aaron Shafer (1-0) combined for 2 1/3 shutout innings.

"A lot of people might have been down on us or whatever, but we're going to see if we can get this going a little bit," said Brenly.


Iowa's offense managed just seven hits Saturday to send Ryne Sandberg to his third straight loss as Triple-A manager. Centerfielder Jim Adduci was the only Cubs (0-3) player to finish with two hits, going 2-for-5 with a double atop the lineup.

Thomas Diamond made his first start in the Cubs' system and lasted five innings, allowing a run on four hits. He struck out five and walked one. Right-handers Brian Schlitter and Jeff Gray both threw two scoreless innings in relief to help send the game to extra innings before right-hander Mitch Atkins (0-1) allowed the game-winning run in his only inning of work in the 10th.


For all intents and purposes, Ty Wright had the best hitting line of the night in the Cubs' system, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. The Smokies' offense as a whole had their best night of the season, collecting 13 hits to run their record to 3-0. Top shortstop prospect Starlin Castro finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk and an RBI. He's off to a 6-for-13 start.

Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his first career Double-A start and lasted five innings. He surrendered two runs and six hits to go with a walk and six strikeouts.

Right-hander David Cales (2-0) earned his second win in three games from the bullpen despite allowing his first run of the season. It was only Cales' second run allowed in his last 10 Double-A appearances dating back to last season.


The Chiefs (1-2) managed just four hits in the loss with first baseman Justin Bour (2-for-4) the only Peoria player to finish with two hits.

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee (1-for-4) picked up his first hit of the season and drove in a run, and third baseman Matt Cerda (0-for-1) reached base three times by drawing a career-high three walks. Peoria batters drew eight walks total.

Right-hander Jonathan Nagel (0-1) made his first Midwest League start and suffered the loss, allowing three runs and six hits in three innings. He struck out six and did not allow a walk. Chiefs pitching combined for 15 strikeouts.

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