Five days off didn’t mean much to Harvey. In the second inning of game one, Harvey drilled a low line drive homerun to put the Cubs up, 1-0. Maybe Mota was just antsy to get back to the diamond. Mota followed up Harvey with another homerun. The back-to-back homers put the Cubs up 2-0.
St. Lucie struck back in the bottom of the second. Daytona starter Marcos Mateo started to struggle finding the strike zone. With base runners aboard, Jason Jacobs came through with an RBI single. Joe Holden got a sacrifice fly RBI to tie the game, 2-2.
The Mets struck again in the third inning on a pair of RBI doubles. An RBI double by Lucas Duda scored Ruben Tejada. Josh Thole stepped in next and cranked another RBI double. That gave St. Lucie a 4-2 advantage.
Daytona did not lie down after losing the lead. Marquez Smith doubled, followed by a walk to Ryan Harvey. Jonathan Mota came up and tied the game on a two run double. Mota then scored on a balk by St. Lucie reliever Ryan Coultas. The balk gave Daytona the lead, 5-4.
The action did not slow down in the bottom of the fourth, as St. Lucie’s offense came back once again. D.J. Wabick singled and advanced to third base on a single by Holden. Wabick came home to score on a wild pitch by Mateo. With four complete, the game was knotted up at 5-5.
Resiliency was the word of the game. Daytona came up in the top of the fifth and reclaimed the lead… again. Ty Wright got hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Wright reached second base after Robinson Chirinos walked. Blake Lalli came on to pinch hit for Marquez Smith. Lalli came through with a big RBI single. The Cubs surged ahead, 6-5.
The game ended in the seventh inning with two runners on in the top half of the inning for Daytona. The game was not finished and game two did not occur. A double header is scheduled for Monday instead.
The Cubs continue their series against the St. Lucie Mets Monday beginning at 5pm at Tradition Field. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com.