Pitching wins championships–but it doesn’t matter if you don’t score any runs.
High-A Florida State League Championship Series: Daytona Cubs 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0
Grayson Garvin and Lenny Linsky combined to give the Stone Crabs 6.1 strong innings, but Cubs pitching shut down the Charlotte offense as Daytona took a 2-0 lead in the series and now sits just one win away from the Florida State League crown. Garvin went 4 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 4 while walking 1. A 2-out RBI double by Dan Vogelbach was all they could manage against him as he looked extremely good as he continues his rehab from Tommy John Surgery. Then Lenny Linsky followed with 2 shutout innings before finally running into trouble in his third frame, allowing a Chadd Krist RBI double. Linsky went 2.1 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 3 while walking none. Linsky was supposed to be on the fast-track to the big leagues as a sinker-slider reliever before a shoulder injury set him back, but a strong second half has him right back on the correct path. For Daytona, Ivan Pineyro was dominant for 7 innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits, striking out 7 while walking 1, and the Stone Crabs missed their one big chance after he left in the 9th. Charlotte loaded the bases against Frank Del Valle with 2 outs, but Del Valle got Willie Argo to ground out to end the game as the Cubs found their way to victory. The Stone Crabs play at 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon as they try to keep their championship hopes alive. Wrong time for the Stone Crabs to start emulating the Rays, and you have to hope they can find a way to keep their season going.