Billy Muldowney pitched six scoreless innings on Friday, marking his longest outing of the season. Muldowney had everything working for him Friday. He scattered one walk and three hits over the six innings, with no more than one Devil Rays base runner on in any single inning. Muldowney also collected four strikeouts and did turn in one, two, three innings in the third and fourth. Finally reaching six innings also gave Muldowney a quality start for the first time in his 2008 campaign.
Vero Beach hurler Heath Rollins also had his good stuff in this ballgame, allowing just one earned run over six innings. Rollins, who gave up four runs over seven innings last week against the Cubs, was able to pitch deep into that game as well. For Rollins, it was Yusuf Carter who was the nemesis. Carter collected both RBIs for Daytona.
The Cubs scratched and clawed for the games first run in the fourth. Part of it was good fortune as a two base error allowed Steve Clevenger to reach second base with just one out. Clevenger stole third and with two men down Carter drove him home with an RBI single, making it 1-0 Cubs.
Daytona’s offense was on the scene once more in the sixth inning. Jim Adduci got a leadoff single and Ty Wright followed that up by getting hit by a pitch. With two on and no outs, Steve Clevenger grounded out to first, nearly collecting an infield single. Instead Adduci and Wright moved up. Russ Canzler was intentionally walked for the first time this season, and only the seventeenth time a Daytona player has been issued an intentional pass. Carter grounded out to score Adduci. Cubs were up, 2-0.
Looking to rally in the ninth off Cubs closer Blake Parker, the Devil Rays got back-to-back one out singles by Ryan Royster and Matt Fields. Hector Gimenez struck out, but, with two outs, Cesar Suarez singled home a run. Parker struck out Nevin Ashely to end the game and preserve the 2-1 victory for the Cubs.
The Cubs look for the sweep against Vero Beach on Saturday beginning at 7:05pm at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6:45pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com. For ticket information call 386-257-3172 or visit www.daytonacubs.com.