The Cubs offense succeeded in not stranding the first base runner of the game. Jim Adduci singled and stole second. With two outs Marquez Smith singled to drive Adduci home and the Cubs snuck ahead, 1-0 early.
Two Palm Beach singles to lead off the fifth inning spelled trouble for Daytona. Brian Cartie came around to score for the Cardinals on a one out RBI ground out by lead off man Tyler Henley. That tied the game at 1-1.
The Cardinals offense struck again in the sixth. The Cubs inserted reliever Todd Blackford, who allowed a single and a walk to begin the frame. Luke Gorsett hit one that was booted by Mota resulting in two runs and a three base error. Vazquez added an RBI single and the Cardinals went up 4-1.
Shaun Garceau got the start for Palm Beach and, like Mark Diapoules in game one, the Cubs had all kinds of trouble scoring runs. After the Cubs scratched across their first inning run, Garceau set down 14 of his next 15 batters faced. Garceau worked around a pair of one out singles in the sixth and got Smith to ground into a double play, netting Garceau a quality start.
The Cubs conclude their series against the Palm Beach Cardinals Thursday beginning at 7:05pm at Roger Dean Stadium. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6:45pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com.