Down on the Farm: Smokies and Cubs pick up wins Wednesday

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The final Minor League game for Chicago’s farm system was played between the Daytona Cubs and the Clearwater Threshers. 

Daytona would take the 1-0 during the top of the first inning on a single by Dan Vogelbach. The Cubs would be able to hang onto that small lead until Clearwater put some hits together which eventually made it 4-1. Justin Parr and KC Serna would pick up RBI singles to take the lead, but the real damage came from Peter Lavin who picked up a two run triple. Jesus Posso would then extend the lead to 5-1 the very next inning by taking pitcher Michael Jensen deep to left field.

Bijan Rademacher and Gioskar Amaya would help close the game during the top of the eighth inning on a double and a single to make it 5-3. Sadly, the Cubs would be unable to answer back during the remainder of the game as they allowed the Threshers to add some insurance during the bottom of the eighth.

Starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny made it through four and two-third innings before he was pulled from the game. He allowed seven hits, charged with four earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Pitchers Michael Jensen and Zach Cates would also be charged with an earned run.

Winning pitcher is Jeb Stefan (1-1, 6.75 ERA), losing pitcher is Rob Zastryzny (1-1, 6.38 ERA) with the save being awarded to Daniel Child (1).

Final Score: Threshers 6, Cubs 3.

Daytona falls to 5-14.