The Daytona Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to earn a late inning 2-1 victory over the Fort Myers Miracle at Hammond Stadium night.
Cubs shortstop Elliot Soto deposited a looping single into shallow right field to score the game-winning run. Pin-Chieh Chen started the inning by reaching on a one-out single and then advancing to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Soto flared a base hit off Miracle reliever Zack Jones to plate Chen.
Cubs closer Frank Del Valle sealed the win for Daytona with a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save.
The Cubs got the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run from Dustin Geiger. After three scoreless innings, Geiger broke a 0-0 tie with his eleventh homer of the season on a 2-1 pitch from Jason Wheeler that just cleared the wall and out-stretched glove of J.D. Williams in left field.
Geiger's homer was the only run allowed by Wheeler in six innings. Wheeler scattered seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Cubs starter Ivan Pineyro tossed six shutout innings with just three hits allowed. Acquired earlier this season by Chicago from the Washington Nationals, Pineyro struck out seven with no walks and faced three over the minimum.
Daytona handed the game to reliever Austin Reed in the seventh inning. With one down, Mike Kvasnicka doubled into the corner in right field and a Reed wild pitch moved him to third base. Jhon Goncalves lifted a fly ball into right field and Pin-Chieh Chen made the catch, but Chen's throw was too late to get the charging runner. Kvasnicka scored on the sacrifice fly to draw the Miracle even, 1-1.
Jones (4-2) was the losing pitcher and Reed (2-0) recovered to pitch a scoreless eighth and pick up the win.
The Miracle (66-39, 21-17) seek to win the serirs in the regular-season finale against the Cubs (56-45, 21-14) Thursday night at Hammond Stadium.