Daytona, Boise to the finals

Daytona came within two outs of no-hitting Dunedin for the third time this season as C.J. Edwards fanned eight in five innings to lead the D-Cubs to the FSL North Division championship. Boise is headed to their second straight Northwest League finals sweeping Salem-Keizer with an 11-7 victory.

Game 2—Florida State League—Daytona 4, Dunedin 0

Daytona captured the Florida State League North Division championship in impressive fashion no-hitting Dunedin for eight innings.

At the Plate: The Cubs roughed up Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez recording seven hits including three doubles, all scoring runs. Wes Darvill put Daytona up 1-0 in the second as his two-bagger scored Kris Bryant, who was hit by a pitch. Bryant added a two-run, two-out double in the third and Elliot Soto doubled in Darvill in the fourth. Bryant was 3-3 and 5-6 in the series with 4 RBI and a walk. Darvill finished with two hits and Anthony Giansanti went 2-4.

On the Mound: C.J. Edwards no-hit Dunedin for five and Ryan Searle went 4.1 innings before two singles kept Daytona from their third no-hitter over Dunedin this season. Edwards dominated the Blue Jays for five innings to earn his first win in a Cub uniform since being part of the Matt Garza trade. After turning 22 yesterday, the right-hander celebrated with eight strikeouts and a one walk. "I had my fastball working tonight," Edwards said after the win. "I went out there to compete and give my team the chance to win."...Searle was just as impressive giving up a walk in his first three innings. The Australian got the first out of the ninth but back-to-back singles prevented history. Searle earned the save with five strikeouts.

Cubs Notes: The Cubs and Charlotte will play Game 1 in the best-of-five series on Thursday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.....It was the Cubs 17th shutout this season, the most in Daytona history....."I'm very proud of these guys,' Manager Dave Keller said. "We played great defense, had even better pitching and came up with timely hitting."

Game 2—Northwest League—Boise 11, Salem-Keizer 7

Boise scored 11 runs in the first five innings to win the Northwest League's South Division championship for the second straight season.

At the Plate: Kevin Encarnacion had a huge series recording three hits in both games as the centerfielder doubled home a run, scored three times, and walked. Justin Marra continued to feast on Volcanoes pitching driving in four runs with a pair of doubles. Daniel Lockhart went 3-6 with two runs and a RBI while David Bote was 2-4, scored twice and knocked in a run. 1B Jacob Rogers was on base three times with a single and two walks. Salem-Keizer made five errors that led to two unearned runs.

On the Mound: Wasn't easy for the Boise pitching staff Wednesday night as four of the five arms allowed runs. Duane Underwood didn't make it out of the second inning allowing two hits, two walks and a hit batter, getting charged with three earned runs. Loiger Pardon gave up a run on three hits and a walk in 2.2 innings earning the win while Corbin Hoffner fanned five allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Tyler Bremer surrendered a two-run homer in 1.1 innings and Eduardo Orozco pitched a scoreless ninth with two punchouts. The game ended when catcher Lance Rymel gunned down a runner trying to steal third.

Hawks Notes: OF Kevin Encarnacion was declared the batting champion and the slugging percentage champ for the Northwest League. He ended the season 16 plate appearances shy but was declared the winner since he still would have won both titles had he gone 0-16, a baseball scoring rule for league leaders.....Boise will face Vancouver for the second straight year as the Canadians, the Blue jays' affiliate, will be seeking their third straight NWL title. The two teams will meet on Friday night in Boise with the final two games at Vancouver.

AA—Tennessee vs. Birmingham

The Smokies begin their best-of-five series at Birmingham on Thursday, Sept. 5, as RHP Nicholas Struck gets the start in Game 1. Struck began the year in AAA Iowa (6-8 6.17 ERA, 20 starts) and was sent back to Tennessee in early August. Since returning to Tennessee, where he earned Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors last season, the 23-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts. He faced Birmingham on Aug. 20 allowing an unearned run on four hits in 5.2 innings. The White Sox AA affiliate is countering with Chris Bassitt (4-2 2.27 ERA), a 6-foot-5 right-hander who started the year in the Carolina League. He's faced the Smokies twice since his promotion fanning nine in seven innings in a 4-2 win on Aug. 22 and the Smokies beat Bassitt 3-2 on July 31 on a two-run homer from Javier Baez. Dae-Eun Rhee (5-1 3.34) is set to pitch Game 2 for the Smokies and Eric Jokisch (11-13 3.42) will take the mound in Game 3.

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