Quad Cities Drops Series To Lake County
Eastlake, OH- Quad Cities rolled into Ohio having a 12-10 second half record and staying very close to a playoff birth as a second half wild card team. The Captains were 7-14 and falling to the bottom of the Mid Eastern Division fast. Even though both teams were heading in different directions both teams needed a solid series to boost confidence. Saturday started it all with a double header and neither game disappointed.
Game one was an extra inning affair in a scheduled 7 inning game. The Captains got on the board first courtesy of a Nathan Lukes homer to right field in the third. Quad Cities would get the run back in the fifth when Myles Straw singled with two outs and a man on to score Connor Goedert tying things at 1-1.
Pitching on both sides was fantastic as Elieser Hernandez had a solid 5 innings giving up 1 run on 8 hits with 5 strikeouts in a no decision for Quad Cities. Lake County starter Jared Robinson lasted 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts also netting a no decision.
Bandits reliever Adam Whitt picked up his third loss of the season giving up a second homer by Lukes to end the game in walk off fashion in the bottom of the eighth to give the Captains a 2-1 win. Whitt went 2 innings with only 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 2. Lake County reliever Kieran Lovegrove grabbed his third win going 2 innings with 1 hit and 1 strikeout.
Game two featured another solid pitching performance by Quad Cities as Jose Hernandez took the hill and did what he has done best his last few times out. He shut down his opponents hitters. The Bandits got on the board in the third thanks to an Osvaldo Duarte single that scored Myles Straw for a 1-0 lead. Quad Cities would strike again later in the inning with a Kyle Tucker sac fly to left that scored Duarte.
Hernandez threw 6 great innings allowing just 5 hits while striking out 13 on his way to his third win of the season while David Schmidt picked up his second save as he went 1 inning giving up just 1 hit while striking out 1. Dominic DeMasi got his third loss of the season for the Captains going 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts. With game three looming large for Lake County to get some confidence going forward the Bandits were looking to keep their momentum going as a nine game home stand was next.
Neither team could get much of anything going in game three. Through four innings the score remained tied at zero but the fifth inning changed everything. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth Willi Castro cracked a grand slam to right with one out to give Lake County a 4-0 lead. Nathan Lukes then stepped in an smacked a solo homer to right making it 5-0. That gave Lukes 3 homers in the series and 5 on the season.
In the sixth the Captains added to their lead with a David Armendariz double that scored Sam Haggerty extending Lake County’s lead to 6-0. Quad Cities did get a run back in the seventh thanks to a Hector Roa double that scored Kristian Trompiz to make it a 6-1 ballgame. The Bandits would score three times ing the eighth to cut the lead to just two but the Captains scored three runs in the eighth also to end the game in a 9-4 win for Lake County.
Matt Esparza picked up the win for the Captains which is his eighth of the season as he went 6 innings with 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. Chris Murphy took the loss for the Bandits as he went 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits with just 1 strikeout.
After two days off the Bandits will welcome the Dayton Dragons to Modern Woodmen Park for a three game series starting Wednesday at 7 pm CT. Yoanys Quiala (1-7, 4.35) will get the start for Quad Cities while Dayton counters with Jacob Constante (4-7, 4.73). Jake Levy and Lance Ragland will bring you all the live play by play action on K-BOB 1170 am in the Quad Cities, riverbandits.com and on the TuneIn app everywhere.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Pitching: Jose Hernandez. Went 6 of the best innings I’ve seen from him all season striking out 13 in his effort.
Hitting: Myles Straw. He went 5-11 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 6 total bases in a great series for him.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**