Did Santo say "NOOOOOOOOOO!" today? I did.
The Iowa Cubs season ended today with a 16-5 loss to the Oklahoma RedHawks. Oklahoma takes the playoff series, three games to two.
The Chicago Cubs pitching woes filtered down to the I-Cubs today, because of injuries and call-up, Randy Wells had to start today on only three days rest. Wells got knocked around for five runs over five innings, including two home runs. Wells gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five.
The bullpen was just bad, as anyone could tell by looking at the final score. Justin Berg got hammered for three runs in an inning, Ed Campusano gave up four runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning and Jesse Estrada topped things off by getting slammed by the RedHawks for four runs in the one inning he pitched.
The I-Cubs were down 12-1 and 16-2 in this game before plating three garbage runs in the ninth inning. Left fielder Andres Torres bookended two home runs today, hitting a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run blast in the ninth to account for four of Iowa's five runs. He was 2 for 4 on the afternoon.
Right fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 5 with two doubles and a run scored. Bobby Scales went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
Center fielder Felix Pie was 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base.
So only the D-Cubs are left standing and they took a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-five FSL playoffs with a 9-1 thumping of the Fort Myers Miracle.
Jay Jackson pitched the Cubs to within one game of their first solo championship since 2000. (The 2004 FSL title was split between Daytona and Tampa after Hurricane Ivan cancelled the championship series.) Jackson threw 5.2 shutout innings and allowed only four hits. Jackson struck out five and didn't walk a batter in what was probably his last appearance in his first professional season.
Every Cub in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
DH Blake Lalli blew the game open in the third with a two-run home run that capped off a five-run inning. Lalli was 2 for 3 before being removed in the seventh inning.
The other big bat of the night belonged to right fielder Ryan Harvey. Harvey went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Harvey scored twice and was also hit by a pitch.
Second baseman Tony Thomas went 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. His double-play partner, shortstop Darwin Barney, went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
Catcher Steve Clevenger was 2 for 5. He did have two passed balls, however.
Jody Davis' boys now return to Daytona Beach needing to win only one more game to take the Florida State League Championship. They will play game three tomorrow night at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 7:05. Games four and five, if necessary, will also be home games for Daytona.