MLW--9/9--Daytona Wins FSL Championship
Congratulations to Jody Davis and the Boys of Daytona! The Daytona Cubs won their first individual Florida State League Championship since 2000 tonight with a 7-3 beating of the Ft. Myers Miracle to take the series three games to one.
Starter Marcos Mateo was staked to a lead, but couldn't stay in the game long enough to pick up the win. Mateo pitched only four innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Mateo walked one and struck out three.
Mateo was relieved by first-round pick Andrew Cashner, and Cashner shut down the Miracle for 2.2 innings. Cashner didn't allow a hit. He struck out four (although one strikeout reached base on a wild pitch) and walked only one. Cashner picked up the win in the clinching game.
Jayson Ruhlman didn't allow a run over 1.1 innings and Blake Parker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to clinch the championship.
Daytona fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, but right fielder Yusuf Carter homered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up with a solo shot. Carter was 2 for 3 with a walk and scored twice.
The only FSL All-Star for Daytona, center fielder Jim Adducci, pounded on Ft. Myers with a 2 for 3 effort with a solo home run. He also put down a successful sac bunt.
Shortstop Darwin Barney has been on fire the last few weeks of the season, and tonight Barney was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI. The first double was the eventual game winner and Barney was named player of the game. Barney also scored once.
Second baseman Tony Thomas was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Thomas hit .483 in the series and was named MVP of the Championship series.
Third baseman Jonathan Mota went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Oh yeah. Steve Clevenger caught yet again and was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
And yes, they played "GO CUBS GO" when the game ended.
The D-Cubs last won the Florida State League Championship in 2004, but that was a shared title with the Tampa Yankees as the Championship Series was cancelled because of Hurricane Ivan. It's their first undisputed title since 2000. Just for some reference, the star pitchers on that 2000 team were starters (yes, starter) Michael Wuertz and Ben Christensen. Steve Smyth and Juan Cruz also pitched for the D-Cubs that season.
The hitting stars of that team were Hee-Seop Choi, David Kelton, Gary Johnson and Nate Frese.