After being shutout on Sunday, the Cubs wasted no time getting the offense started on Monday. Jonathan Mota doubled to lead off the game. Jim Adduci singled on an attempted sacrifice bunt. After Wright stuck out, Steve Clevenger doubled home both runners. Marquez Smith also struck out, but, with two outs, Chirinos hit a two run homerun to put the Cubs ahead, 4-0.
Marcos Mateo brought his A-game Monday. It has been an irregular schedule for Mateo, who worked out of relief and started game two of a double header due to a couple rain outs recently. But with the skies dry at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Mateo went out and pitched very well, going 5.2 innings, allowing just one run and striking out six.
Déjà vu crept into the bottom of the fifth inning. Mota doubled and Adduci attempted to sacrifice him over. Once again, Adduci ended up at first base with a single. The ‘been here before’ feeling ended when Wright came up to the plate. Wright mashed a three run homerun. The Cubs kept rolling after the homer. Clevenger stood in next and walked. With one out, Chirinos singled. Yusuf Carter grounded out to score Clevenger and the Cubs worked their second four run inning. The Cubs held an 8-0 lead with five innings complete.
Out of the bullpen, Jordan Latham has really started to settle in with Daytona, after struggling in his first few outings after being called up from Peoria. Latham came on with two outs and nobody on in the sixth inning and struck out Chuck Caufield. Latham continued his fine work into the seventh, as he needed only four batters to retire the side. In the eighth, Latham gave up a walk and struck out a batter. Latham struck out three and allowed no runs on just two hits and one walk in 1.2 innings.
The Cubs start a new series Tuesday against the Palm Beach Cardinals beginning at 6:35pm at Roger Dean Stadium. Catch the broadcast on 1380 WELE at 6:15pm or right here on www.daytonacubs.com. For ticket information call 386-257-3172 or visit www.daytonacubs.com.