Daytona starter Marcos Mateo was a little shaky to start the first inning. He allowed two singles to Antone DeJesus and Pete Kozma. Steve Hill came up next and grounded into a double play. DeJesus scored and the Cardinals snuck ahead 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, Jonathan Mota committed a costly error allowing Steve Hill to reach base. Hill scored on an RBI double by Chuck Kingrey. Mike Folli singled home two more. Then, Oliver Marmol checked in with an RBI single. Palm Beach expanded the lead, 5-0.
Chicago’s 2008 first round draft pick Andrew Cashner relieved Mateo during the fourth. Cashner had the strikeout pitch working, setting down seven batters via the strikeout. Cashner pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless, hitless baseball.
Daytona’s offense woke up in the fifth inning. Jonathan Mota started it by drawing a leadoff walk. After a Darwin Barney single and a Tony Thomas strikeout, Jim Adduci singled home Mota. Barney scored on a fly ball to centerfield off the bat of Ty Wright. The Cubs scored two, but the Cardinals continued to lead, 5-2.
The Cubs tried one last rally in the bottom of the ninth. Thomas walked and scored on an RBI double by Wright. Marquez Smith singled home Wright, pulling Daytona within one. But Russ Canzler was rung up on a called strike three and Daytona fell, 5-4.
The Cubs conclude their playoff series against the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday beginning at 7:05pm at Roger Dean Stadium. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6:45pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com. Daytona will host games in the FSL Championship upon advancing. For ticket information call 386-257-3172 or visit www.daytonacubs.com.