The Cubs (6-10) were not very opportunistic as they left a gawdy 11 men on base as they dropped their second game in as many days. Jesse Estrada took the hill for Daytona but only lasted four and a third innings as his pitch count began to overflow. Estrada allowed three earned runs on eight base hits and walked four on the way to only his second loss of the season.
The Mets scattered one run in the first, third and fifth innings, respectively, before exploding for a three run sixth. Dan Murphy scorched Cubs’ pitching to the tune of a four-for-five day at the plate with three RBIs and a solo home run to boot.
Conversely, the Cubs could not finish anything they started. Daytona only managed one run in the game which came all the way back in the first where the Cubs manufactured a run off a leadoff walk by Robinson Chirinos. Nate Spears bunted him over to second for his FSL best 12 sacrifice of the year and Chirinos earned a free pass to third on a passed ball. Chris Amador skied a fly ball to left to score the speedy Chirinos from third as the Cubs plated their only run of the ballgame.
The Cubs will travel to Vero Beach to take on the Devil Rays who have lost a franchise-high twelve games in a row. You can follow every pitch from Hollman Stadium at www.daytonacubs.com or on WELE 1380 on your AM dial.