Quad Cities Report: River Bandits Use Big Innings To Take Series Against Beloit
Beloit, WI- Quad Cities was looking for redemption after a terrible showing the last time they were in Beloit and losing their series with the Snappers 3-1. Twice the Bandits and Snappers were rained out in their series. Once two weeks ago and once this week. After a game one win Quad Cities knew they had to change something. A washout on Wednesday helped give the Bandits more time to figure it out.
The double header got under way with neither team able to find a grove until the third when Beloit put up two runs thanks to a Chris Iriart double that scored Tom Gavitt and Justin Higley. Quad Cities answered in the top of the fourth getting one run as Dexture McCall lined a shot over the center field wall to cut the Snappers lead to 2-1 with no one out. That would be the only run in the fourth for either team. In the fifth the Bandits bats came to life as Aaron Mizell and Myles Straw both singled to start the inning. A sac bunt by Osvaldo Duarte moved both Mizell and Straw up a base. Connor Goedert hit a sac fly that scored Mizell and advanced Straw tying the game at two. McCall then doubled to left scoring Straw giving Quad Cities a 3-2 lead with two outs in the inning. After a coaching visit to the mound Pat Porter went yard to right field to give the Bandits a 5-3 lead. No more runs were scored in the game and Quad Cities fought through and got the comeback win.
Makay Nelson pitched 4 innings giving up three runs on six hits with three walks a strikeout. Ralph Garza came on to relieve Nelson going three innings giving up three hits with two walks and two strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. Boomer Biegalski went six innings giving up five runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in his first loss of the season.
Game two was almost the same as the Snappers jumped out to a 3-0 lead scoring one run in the first thanks to an Iriart double in which Brett Siddall scores. In the second Ryan Howell scored on a sharp grounder to center off the bat of Trent Gilbert. A pass ball allowed a second run to score and ended the scoring for Beloit. After struggling all game to put up runs the Bandits finally broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth. Keach Ballard got the first run on a sac fly off the bat of Straw. Bobby Wernes then scored on a single by Arturo Michelena. Goedert would tie the game with a line drive single that scored Michelena and then Anthony Hermelyn pushed across Kyle Tucker to close out the scoring on the game.
Albert Abreu grabbed his first win of the season going 6.2 innings giving up three runs on five hits and eight strikeouts. Another great outing with a very different result from his last five appearances. Jared Lyons took the loss for Beloit going 1.2 innings giving up one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Quad Cities heads home for a four game Memorial Day weekend series with the Peoria Chiefs. The Bandits took two of three the last time they faced the Chiefs and will hope to take this series. Game one is tonight with the first pitch set for 7 pm CT. Quad Cities send Jose Hernandez (0-2, 4.88) to the hill to face Brennan Leitao (3-3, 2.36) of Peoria. Jake Levy and Lance Ragland will have all the live action for you on K-BOB 1170 am, MiLB.TV, riverbandits.com or you can use the TuneIn app.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Dexture McCall – went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and a home run in game two to help win game one of the double header.
Albert Abreu – pitched 6.2 innings in the series finale giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8.
Other Notes: Kyle Tucker was hitless in game one of the series bringing his hiless streak to two games. He then went 2-3 with a run scored in the series finale after he was held out in game two. He also has only 9 hits in his last 36 at bats. Connor Goedert is batting .200 over his last ten games with 8 hits, 2 runs and 6 RBIs.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**