Quad Cities Report
Davenport, IA – A chilly night for baseball at Modern Woodmen Park as the West Michigan Whitecaps invade the Quad Cities for a three game series with the River Bandits this weekend. The Bandits look to keep their winning streak going and win their fourth series in a row.
Whitecaps got on the board in the top of the first thanks to a steal by Derek Hill who led off with a hit and then scored on an RBI single by Will Allen. Quad Cities went down in order to end the first with the Whitecaps up 1-0. Whitecaps pitcher Matt Hall looked strong keeping the Bandits off base through two innings while his counter part Kevin McCanna struggled a bit.
The Bandits finally put runners on in the third as Christian Correa reached on a hit and Bobby Wernes ripped a hit to right and on the relay to third Correa was hit in the back but reached third safely. A walk loaded the bases and Kyle Tucker stepped in but grounded out to first to end the third. Both teams settled in on defense as the Bandits stayed close despite allowing West Michigan to put runners in scoring position.
Dexture McCall smacked a double to right after Connor Goedert flied out to right. With Mizell striking out and Cameron grounding out to end the fourth it looks as though the Bandits are gonna need to dig deep to get this win. Kevin McCanna was pulled after four innings of work and Ryan Deemes took over.
Christian Correa led off the fifth with a hit followed by a Bobby Wernes smacking a double to right which left Correa at third. Brooks Marlow reached safely on a fielders choice which scored Correa to tie the game. After one inning Ryan Deemes was pulled and Sebastian Kessay took the hill. Deemes gave up a walk in that inning. After the score still tied and neither team giving up much of anything entering the seventh.
Sebastian Kessay helped keep the score tied by striking out three in the seventh while giving up a bunt single. A very solid inning for the Bandits defensively. After a fly out to left Bobby Wernes collected his third hit of the night smacking a double to left with one out. Once again the Bandits strand a runner in scoring position as the seventh inning ended on a Nunez ground out to third to keep the score tied at 1-1.
The Bandits get a run in the eighth to take the lead 2-1 on a Goedert single to left that was muffed and allowed Kyle Tucker to score the game winning run. Andrew Thome sealed the deal with a good ninth giving up two hits before locking it down. Sebastian Kessay gets the win after pitching three scoreless innings and striking out six. The Whitecaps Toller Boardman takes the loss. Andrew Thome picks up the save as the Bandits have now won three in a row.
After the game Bandits manager Omar Lopez said he wanted to keep seeing improvement everyday. He said he also is doing all he can to put players in position to help the team win. The team has went through tough times but are now coming together to get the wins they want. When asked about Connor Goedert he stated ” I was surprised he didn’t make the opening day roster. It killed me to have to watch him for twenty games crush the ball and not have him here.”
The Bandits and Whitecaps face off again tomorrow as Astros prospect Justin Ferrell takes the mound for the Bandits to face Beau Burrows in a 6 pm CT game. Jake Levy and Lance Ragland will be on the call on K-BOB 1170 am or on riverbandits.com. You can also listen in on the TuneIn app.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**