Quad Cities Report: Bandits Salvage Game Three Vs Lugnuts
Lansing, MI- In a series that should have gone to the River Bandits the Lansing Lugnuts shut down Quad Cities twice with shutouts. Game three however would have a much different outcome. You can almost bet that this series will be talked about in the Bandits clubhouse for weeks to come. Make no mistake that this will be a motivating factor for the River Bandits to succeed.
Game one saw the River Bandits collect ten hits yet manage no runs. A huge problem if your on the road and looking to win. Pitching was stellar as they gave up one run on one hit while striking out 11. Lastly the River Bandits left four runners in scoring position and grounded into two double plays. Pitching wise it was a fantastic outing but as far as hitting, well lets just say not good.
Game two featured the exact opposite as the pitching gave up six runs on 11 hit. Kevin McCanna threw three solid innings but gave up three in the fourth. Hitting wasn’t that great either as the Bandits could only muster four hits and struckout 14 times. Another poor team game overall. Would things change in game three or will the Bandits be blanked again?
Justin Ferrell took the mound Saturday night in hopes of salvaging the last game of the series. Quad Cities wasted no time putting up four runs in the first thanks to three walks a pair of errors and a Kyle Tucker hit. Angel Perdomo was pulled after just 2/3 of an inning and replaced by Dan Lietz who gave up only three hits in his 3.1 innings of work.
Justin Ferrell threw five great innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven. The two runs came in the home half of the fifth. With two outs Austin Davis worked a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Davis would score on an Aaron Attaway double to center. Attaway scored on a single hit to center by Ryan Hissey but that was as close as the Lugnuts would get.
After the fifth Ferrell was pulled for Albert Abreu who finished the game throwing four innings giving up a pair of hit and striking out seven. Abreu picked up his first save in his effort. Quad Cities would add insurance runs in the eighth and ninth to seal the deal and win the game 6-2. Despite a poor showing in games one and two the Bandits played a complete game but their only bad spot was leaving six runners in scoring position.
Sunday is a league wide day off and a much needed break for Quad Cities after a very tough 2-4 road trip. The River Bandits return home for three games with the Burlington Bees Monday morning at 11 am CT for another Book Buddies Day at Modern Woodmen Park. No starting pitcher has been announced for the Bandits but according to MiLB.com Burlington is sending lefty Ronnie Glenn to the mound in game one. Jake Levy and Lance Ragland will be live with all the action on MiLB.TV, K-BOB 1170 am, riverbandits.com and on the TuneIn app.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Top Prospects: Justin Ferrel, Albert Abreu
Combined 14 strikeouts and allowed only six hits in game three win over Lugnuts
Hitting: Johnny Sewald
Hit .400 in the series and went 3-4 in game one of the series.
Other Notes: Quad Cities struggled to a 2-4 record on this road trip and return home where they are 3-2 over their last two home series. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. After their three game home stand they go out on the road against the Beloit Snappers.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**