Quad Cities Report: Bandits Win Series 3-1 Over Snappers
Davenport, IA- A warm evening at Modern Woodmen Park was the stage where the Quad Cities River Bandits would do battle with the Beloit Snappers. Matt Bower is on the hill for the Bandits while James Naile gets the start for the Snappers. The Bandits look to take the finale and win the series while Beloit wants to keep their momentum going.
Beloit lead off the game with a double by Skye Bolt and was pushed to third on a sac bunt by Trace Loehr. A hit batsman set the stage for a possible run. A single by Ryan Howell pushed across Bolt for the games first run. With two men on Jose Chavez singled to left loading the bases for the Snappers. Matt Bower got Edwin Diaz to pop out to center to end the inning leaving the bases loaded.
A 1,2,3 bottom of the first kept the Bandits off the board. With the Snappers leading after one it might look as though things could get ugly but with only a one run lead the Bandits are confident they can still win. Snappers go down in order to end the top half of the second. Quad Cities goes down in order to end the second with Beloit still on top.
After a walk and a hit the Snappers failed to score due to a run down and tag out between third and home. Beloit starter James Naile has locked down the River Bandits thus far not allowing a base runner in three innings. The Bandits have struggled thus far. A stand up double by Chavez put a runner in scoring position as the Snappers look for more. A single by Jean Carlo Rodriguez scored Chavez and the Snappers go up 2-0. Snappers again left runners in scoring position. After going three innings without a hit the Snappers gave up three straight hits including a double by Kyle Tucker to cut the Beloit lead to 2-1.
The Bandits were not done though as a pass ball by Chavez allowed Arturo Michelena to tie the game and a sac fly by Anthony Hermelyn scored Tucker giving Quad Cities a 3-2 lead after four. A spectacular inning by the Bandits who needed a big inning to get some momentum going Heading into the fifth. Matt Bower kept Beloit at bay giving up just one hit in the top half of the fifth to keep the lead. The Bandits went down in order to end the fifth.
Makay Nelson came in to relieve Bower in the sixth. Bower went 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts. Makay wasted no time as he forced a 1,2,3 inning to keep Quad Cities in the lead 3-2. After both teams went down in order in the sixth the Bandits still held a 3-2 lead and Beloit was running out of time. A single by Bolt lead off the seventh for the Snappers and after a failed attempt to throw out Bolt the throw got away from Trompiz and Bolt got to third. A grounder to Michelena caused Bolt to be thrown out at home saving a run. Another base running error by Beloit emptied the bases as Loehr was caught stealing and thrown out in a run down. A strikeout by Trent Gilbert ended the seventh for the Snappers.
A quick seventh left the Bandits six outs away from victory. Nelson was strugling a bit controlling his pitches as he walked Ryan Howell to start the eighth. A single by Brett Siddall put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sac bunt by Chavez moved the runners up to second and third and a sac fly by Diaz scored Howell to tie the game 3-3. A triple by Justin Higley pushed across Siddall to give Beloit the lead back 4-3. A pop out to left ended the inning but the damage was done.
Tyler Wellman came on in the bottom of the eighth to try and keep the Bandits at bay. Hector Roa lead off the inning with a single to left center and was pulled for pinch runner Myles Straw. Trompiz singled to put Straw in scoring position with Bobby Wernes coming up. Wernes tried to bunt the runners over but his bunt popped up and resulted in an out. Duarte grounded out to move the runners up and a grounder to short got passed Loehr to score both Straw and Trompiz and give the Bandits the lead back at 5-4. Diaz was hurt on the play and left the game and did not return. Tucker hit a long drive to right but was caught to end the inning.
With two outs in the ninth Beloit had one last hope in Gilbert to keep the inning alive. Gilbert lost his bat three times in the game as humidity played a factor in bat grip with him. Gilbert did walk and Howell stepped in to try and extend the inning further. With no balls and two strikes Howell hit a long fly ball that was caught by Tucker to end the game.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Pitching: Elieser Hernandez He went 8 innings in game one of the series giving up just 1 hit while striking out 10
Hitting: Connor Goedert Batted .455 in the series scoring 3 runs in game one of the series.
This series was very tightly contested ad great pitching and fantastic defense shined bright for both Beloit and Quad Cities. The 9-1 win for Quad Cities was the only game that was a blowout.
The Bandits finish their home stand with a four game series against the Clinton LumberKings. The series gets underway tonight with Franklin Perez (1-2, 3.53) taking the mound for Quad Cities while the LumberKings send Nick Neidert(6-1, 2.22) out to the bump. The game is set to start at 7 pm CT with Jake Levy and Lance Ragland bringing you all the live action on K-BOB 1170 am, riverbandits.com and on the TuneIn app.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**