Down on the Farm: I-Cubs’ offense stagnant in Saturday loss

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Class-A Advanced: Daytona Cubs 11 – Tampa Yankees 4 (F)

At George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Yankees, the Daytona Cubs poured it on against the Bronx Bombers’ Advanced Class-A affiliate Tampa, hitting a pair of home runs in an 11-4 rout Saturday.

A six-run three inning was the big difference in the contest for Daytona, which went robust 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position on Saturday – a stark contrast form several other Cubs’ affiliates.

Zeke DeVoss opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third,  which was followed by a Wes Darvill RBI single and an RBI groundout by Dan Vogelbach, making it a 3-0 contest. But Daytona (28-43) wasn’t done there, adding three more runs in the frame via a three-run blast by Rock Shoulders, his fourth on the season.

Justin Amlung (1-2, 6.23 ERA) pitched well for Daytona, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work while striking out one and walking three. However, his erratic control was overcome by the potent Cubs offense, which relentlessly pounded Tampa (34-39) all night long.

Jordan Hankins hit his first home run of the year with Daytona after being promoted from Kane County last week, making it a 9-2 Cubs’ lead in the seventh. A wild pitch and an RBI single by Vogelbach added the final two runs on the night for the Cubs’ affiliate.