Angel Guzman was sharp tonight allowing just one run on one hit. Guzman struck out four batters in three innings located his pitches better than his first outing with Daytona. The run he allowed came after a walk and a hit batsman.
Jackson, a ninth round 2008 draft pick for Chicago, made his first appearance with Daytona in relief. Jackson was highly effective in his first inning of work, striking out two as part of a 1-2-3 inning. Jackson kept up the good work and kept striking out Cardinals. Jackson struck out nine batters over four innings with no runs allowed.
After Jonathan Mota singled to begin the Cubs fifth, he stole second and advanced to third on a balk by Cardinals starter and reigning Florida State League player of the week Tyler Herron. Wright singled home Mota and Daytona took a 2-1 lead. Wright was at it again in the seventh inning. He slammed a two-run homer to put the Cubs by three.
The Cubs improved their playoff positioning, benefiting from a St. Lucie victory over Jupiter. Daytona now sports a 1.5 game lead over the Hammerheads and remain in first place atop the Florida State League Eastern Division.
The push for the playoffs continues at Jackie Robinson Ballpark at 7:05pm Friday when the Cubs begin a new series against the Brevard County Manatees. 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.