9/10 Daytona wins; Tennessee, Boise lose

* C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle combined on a one-hitter to help Daytona beat Charlotte, 4-0, and win the Florida State League championship Monday night. Edwards, acquired from the Rangers in the Mat Garza deal, threw five one-hit innings and Searle threw four innings in relief to give Daytona its sixth FSL title and second in the last three years.

Dan Vogelbach hit a RBI single in the first, and Daytona added two more in the second, taking advantage of two errors. Elliot Soto added a RBI single in the ninth.

Daytona now has won the FSL championship in 1995, 2000, ’04, ’08, ’11 and this year.

* Tennessee was unable to overcome a four-run fourth inning and fell to Birmingham, 7-4, Monday in the North Division Champinship Series. The Smokies were ousted in the best of five series, 3-2. Tennessee ended 2013 with a 76-62 regular season record.

Christian Villanueva hit a RBI single in the first to give Tennessee a lead but Birmingham scored twice in the second off Neil Ramirez to go ahead, 2-1. Arismendy Alcantara hit a RBI single in the Smokies’ second to tie the game. In the fourth, the Barons took advantage of errors to take a 6-2 lead. Birmingham loaded the bases and Micah Johnson hit a groundball to Alcantara, who misplayed it for an error, allowing two runs to score. On the same play, a throwing error by catcher Taylor Davis allowed another run to score. Two batters later, an error by Javier Baez allowed the fourth run to score. Baez did hit a two-run homer in the fifth to close to 6-4.

* Boise was held to four hits in a 5-0 loss to Vancouver, which won the Northwest League Championship game. The Hawks best scoring chance came in the seventh when Rony Rodriguez doubled to lead off, and advanced on a ground out. But Alonzo Gonzalez replaced starter Tom Robson, and struck out Justin Marra and David Bote. Robson gave up three hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out two.

1 Comment

Perhaps we should lobby for the NL to adopt the DH, as it appears more and more as if Baez is best suited for that.

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