Quad Cities Report: Cedar Rapids Get Best Of River Bandits Again
Cedar Rapids, IA- This season the River Bandits just can not seem to pull one off against the Kernels, The second time these teams met in a four game series and things looked to be headed down the same road. Collecting just two hits in game one while giving up 15 and allowing 9 runs the Kernels had command right away. Game two was a very different story as Quad Cities put up 10 runs on 14 hits with six of those runs coming in the sixth. A great comeback win after going down 2-0.
Game three saw Cedar Rapids put up 8 unanswered runs with seven of those runs coming with two outs. Collecting eight hits but only one run the Bandits struggled to get anything going after a good start. Quad Cities was 2-11 with runners in scoring position. Cedar Rapids really taught the Bandits a lesson. Going in to game four of the series no one knew what to expect but then again people probably expected a different outcome.
It was a hot day at Perfect Game Field and the River Bandits looked to take advantage and earn the split. Cedar Rapids wanted to take a 7-1 season series advantage with another solid win. The Kernels jumped to a 4-0 lead by the end of the third and for the most part things were going Cedar Rapids way. Zander Wiel put the Kernels on the board first as he scored on a single by Luis Arraez in the second. LaMonte Wade cracked a homer to left in the third to give Cedar Rapids a 2-0 lead. Two more runs would cross in the fourth as J.J. Fernandez came home on a Nelson Molina single and Brad Hartong scored on a sac fly from Sean Miller. At 4-0 things looked bleak for the Bandits but when Aaron Mizell stepped up in the fifth with a man on and two out. He hit a triple to center that scored Dexture McCall and set up an opportunity to score another. Mizell would score on an infield single by Osvaldo Duarte to cut the lead in half. In the sixth Quad Cities tied the game as Connor Goedert hit a two run blast over the left center field wall to tie the game at four.
The Bandits however let the chance to take the lead pass by and with a full count and two outs Wiel hit a homer that every kids dreams of to win the game in walk off fashion. It broke the hearts of Quad Cities but it didn’t break their spirit. The Bandits continue their road trip tonight as the head to Beloit for the second time this month looking for some payback. Franklin Perez (0-0, 6.00) gets the nod for the Bandits and the Snappers counter with Kyle Friedrichs (2-2, 1.49). First pitch is set for 6:30 and Jake Levy will have your play by play on K-BOB 1170 am, riverbandits.com or on the TuneIn app.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Arturo Michelena – Hit .625 in two games vs the Kernels with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Alex Winkelman – Went 4 innings in game 2 giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts to pick up a win.
Other Notes: Connor Goedert and Pat Porter each had homers in the series. Goedert hit his third while Porter picked up his first. Kyle Tucker had his worst series of the season going a shocking 1-14 with just 2 RBIs and 3 strikeouts. He still sits above the.300 mark in batting average which is second on the team. Don’t expect that to happen again anytime soon.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**