Daytona got the offense started with a big blast. Ryan Harvey drilled a two run homerun in the second inning to put the Cubs up 2-0 early. For Harvey, it was his seventh homerun this season, but his first since late June.
The Cubs offense did not slow down in the third inning. Darwin Barney drew a lead off walk and Jim Adduci drove home the run with an RBI triple. The slurry of extra base hits continued again in the fourth, when Marquez Smith drove a ball deep to left field for his third homerun as a Cub. Daytona led 4-0.
Marcos Mateo provided the Cubs with the kind of start they really needed in this one. Mateo went five strong innings for Daytona, and did not allow a run. Mateo kept the Mets off the scoreboard, allowing just two hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He also struck out four. The combination of Mike Cooper, Blake Parker and Dustin Sasser kept the shutout alive out of the Daytona bullpen.
For the first time in a while Daytona got a complete effort all around. The offense did its part, scoring six runs. Also, the pitching repelled the St. Lucie offense, the defense was clean, and, on the bases, the Cubs not only ran, but did so successfully.
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