Class-A Advanced: Daytona Cubs 9 – Lakeland Flying Tigers 8 (F/11)
The Daytona Cubs’ offense answered back in the bottom of the 11th after Lakeland had scored three runs in the top of the frame, plating four runs of their own and walking off against the Flying Tigers Monday night at home.
Trailing 8-5, Daytona (34-45) pushed its first run of the inning across in the form of a wild pitch that allowed Chadd Krist to score. A throwing error then led to the second Cubs’ run and suddenly, the complexion of the game changed entirely. After Albert Almora was intentionally walked, Alex Burgos entered for Lakeland, replacing Brennan Smith on the mound. The first batter Burgos faced, Bijan Rademacher, hit a sacrifice fly, tying the game 8-8. The next batter, Dan Vogelbach, delivered once again, singling to give Daytona another late-inning win.
The Cubs led through the mid-to-late innings after trailing early, leading 5-2 at the end of seven after Almora doubled, scoring two, but the eighth and ninth innings proved to be an issue for Daytona pitching.
An RBI groundout and a fielding error by shortstop Marco Hernandez led to Lakeland scoring twice in the eighth and another groundout in the ninth tied the game 5-5, where the score remained until the 11th.
Hernandez, Almora, Vogelbach and Krist all had two hits apiece for Daytona and the team was red-hot with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-10 on the night. Lakeland (45-33), however, was abysmal in such situations, going 4-for-17.
Although he did not factor into the decision, Cubs starter Felix Pena pitched well, allowing two earned on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out six and walked just one.