• Class A Daytona beat Charlotte, 5-0, on Thursday in the first game of the Florida State League championship. Pierce Johnson struck out six over five scoreless innings for the win. The Cubs scored in the first on Dustin Geiger's RBI groundout, Daytona scored three runs in the second on Pin-Chieh Chen's three-run double and Geiger added a RBI double in the fourth.
The second game, scheduled for Friday in Daytona, was postponed because of rain; the two teams will resume the series on Saturday.
Double-A Tennessee lost, 3-1, on Thursday to Birmingham in the first game of the Southern League North Division Championship Series in front of 4,862 at Regions Field. The Barons lead the best-of-five series, 1-0.
Trayce Thompson hit a leadoff home run in the fourth off Smokies starter Nick Struck (0-1). Tennessee answered in the fifth when Rubi Silva connected on a homer off Barons starter Chris Bassitt to tie the score at 1. Thompson and Dan Black each hit RBI singles in the Barons' fifth. Bassitt picked up the win, giving up one run on three hits.
Game 2 of the best-of-five series was to be played Friday at Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala. Dae-Eun Rhee (5-1, 3.34) will start for Tennessee.
• Outfielder Dave Sappelt, who was designated for assignment on Monday to make room for Zac Rosscup, cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa. On Friday, the Cubs announced that right-hander Michael Bowden and outfielder Cole Gillespie, who were both designated for assignment on Wednesday, had also cleared waivers and were assigned outright to Iowa's roster.
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