Canzler Provides his Own Fireworks

Russ Canzler (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

DAYTONA BEACH — Russ Canzler set off some fireworks of his own Saturday, driving in a career-high seven runs for Class High-A Daytona in a 13-4 victory over the Vero Beach Rays on fireworks night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Canzler sent two homeruns into the batting cages behind left field and also doubled and singled. He finished 4-for-5 and is batting .274 through 79 games this season.

"I was seeing the ball so well (Saturday), it was like a beach ball out there," Canzler said afterward. "These kind of nights are few and far between, so I'm trying to visualize what I did and keep doing it."

The game was tied, 4-4, headed into the sixth inning when Daytona manager Jody Davis ordered a squeeze bunt by Cubs third baseman Jonathan Mota that scored Yusuf Carter from third base, putting the Cubs ahead, 5-4.

"At that point in the game, I wanted the go-ahead run. Little did we know Russ would give us all the insurance we needed," said Davis.

True enough, Canzler would club his second three-run homerun of the night in the seventh inning, putting the Cubs ahead for good at 8-4.

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