Daytona's Vogelbach proves double trouble

Cubs' No. 10 prospect homers in both games of doubleheader sweep

Dan Vogelbach homered twice on Saturday after hitting two roundtrippers in his first 41 games. (Cliff Welch/

By Kelsie Heneghan / | May 24, 2014 10:00 PM ET

After his second homer of the season, Dan Vogelbach had to wait 23 games and 90 at-bats for the third. But for No. 4, he didn't even have to wait until the next day.

The Cubs' No. 10 prospect went yard in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, powering Class A Advanced Daytona to a sweep of Clearwater.

The Cubs won the opener, 5-4, and took the nightcap, 8-4.

"It felt good," Vogelbach said. "The first felt even better because that gave us the opportunity to win the game, and that's the main goal -- to help our team win. So I was able to do that and the win felt pretty good."

After two hitless at-bats and with the score knotted at 4-4, the 21-year-old first baseman smacked a solo shot to right field in the sixth inning of Game 1.

In the finale, as Daytona's designated hitter, Vogelbach was able to do something he's worked on all season and went 3-for-3 with a two-run blast.

"I've been trying to slow the game down and I was able to do that in the second game," he said. "[Just] taking it pitch by pitch, not at-bat by at-bat. I'm going to miss pitches that I should've hit and I'm going to chase pitches that I shouldn't swing at, but I need to move on after each at-bat. I'm not trying to do too much; you can't get three hits in one at-bat."

Vogelbach has tried to take advantage of having a former Major Leaguer like Mariano Duncan as the D-Cubs' hitting coach, working with him on not being too picky at the plate. Before Saturday, the cleanup hitter was batting .175 at home, but he bumped that up to .217 and raised his overall average to .259 with his eighth multi-hit game of the season.

With four long balls this season, the Florida native is tied with Cubs No. 9 prospect Jeimer Candelario for the team lead. In the nightcap, the pair went back-to-back in a four-run first inning that began with a homer by Zeke DeVoss. Candelario drove in five runs in the twinbill, tying Cubs No. 3 prospect Albert Almora with a team-leading 21 RBIs.

"He and I have struggled to start the year, but he's a great hitter," Vogelbach said of Candelario. "He hit them where they weren't tonight. ... Once he gets going, he can get a lot of RBIs."

Staked to that early lead, Daytona starter Starling Peralta (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits over five innings to get the win in Game 2.

Threshers starter Luis Paulino (0-1) was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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