Dayton Sinks Quad Cities In Series Finale
Davenport, IA- After two big wins Quad Cities fell short in a battle that went down to the final out. Despite great pitching the Bandits just didn’t have enough time to grab the win and secure a series sweep over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night. I honestly can’t blame any aspect of Quad Cities play as they gave their all in the terrible heat.
For the third straight night Dayton jumped out to an early lead. This time it was a two run homer to right by Shed Long that got things going in the third and gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead. That score would hold until the seventh when the Bandits put up two runs of their own thanks to a Connor Goedert double that scored Hector Roa followed by Bobby Wernes grounding out and scoring Pat Porter to tie things up.
James Vasquez put the finishing touches on the game with a solo homer in the ninth to end the scoring and get the win for Dayton 3-2. Dragons starter Austin Orewiler went 5 innings giving up 1 hit on 4 strikeouts. Reliever Jesus Reyes got the win for the Dragons going 2 innings with 1 hit and a pair of strikeouts.
Elieser Hernandez went 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out a career high 14 batters in the no decision. Ralph Garza took his 5th loss of the season going 1.1 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hit and striking out 2 on a night that just didn’t go the Bandits way.
Huge wins in games one and two gave the series win to the Bandits and moved their second half record 15-13 while Dayton fell to 10-17. Quad Cities is still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot but will need to keep their winning ways going as a tough series with Bowling Green starts tonight at 6 pm CT with Quad Cities sending Chris Murphy (3-6, 4.52) to the mound to face off with Roel Ramirez (4-7, 5.28) of Bowling Green. Jake Levy and Lance Ragland will have the call on K-BOB 1170 am in the QCA and also on riverbandits.com and on the TuneIn app everywhere.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Pitching: Elieser Hernandez. In a no decision Friday he allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 14.
Hitting: Myles Straw He hit .400 in the series with 2 runs scored
Osvaldo Duarte went 4-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s in game one vs Dayton
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**