9/11 Cubs Minor League report
Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).
* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.
* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.
“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.
“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”
– Carrie Muskat