Quad Cities Takes 3 Of 4 From Cedar Rapids
Davenport, IA- For the first time this season the River Bandits won a series with the Kernels. It was a huge series win as the Kernels were the only team in the division the the Bandits had yet to win a series with. The first two series went to Cedar Rapids with a sweep in the first series followed by a 3-1 series win for the Kernels and then a split series just a week ago. This series was far different. There was a lot of confidence in the Bandits clubhouse and after the split series Quad Cities was hungry for the series win.
The River Bandits wasted no time getting on the board and it was the Kernels pitching that helped Quad Cities score their first run. With two men on Cedar Rapids pitcher Eduardo Del Rosario threw a wild pitch allowing Osvaldo Duarte to come home for a 1-0 Bandits lead. Cedar Rapids responded in the top of the second when Zander Wiel scored on a Daniel Kihle pop up to short.
In the home half of the second Quad Cities broke things open and it started with a balk by Del Rosario that allowed Christian Correa to score followed by a Duarte double that scored both Bobby Wernes and Myles Straw giving Quad Cities a 4-1 lead. It would be three innings before either team would score again.
The Kernels would score two in the top of the sixth thanks to Luis Arraez who scored on a Nelson Molina ground out to first with the second run coming from a Wiel ground out that scored Sean Miller. That would be all the runs the Kernels would score. The Bandits added insurance runs in the bottom of the six with back to back jacks by Connor Goedert and Pat Porter.
Those homers would be the game winners as the River Bandits won the game 6-3. It might have come as a shock to most that the Bandits won the series but for me I saw the improvements and how this team has changed. In game one Albert Abreu was lights out through five innings giving up just three hits while striking out six in the Bandits 5-4 win.
Game two was all about the big inning as a five run second was Quad Cities undoing. A comeback was close but fell short in an 8-5 loss. Sam Clay went 5.2 innings to pick up the win with a 7 strikeout perfomance. Game three was another great pitching performance by the Bandits in a 4-2 win in which Jose Hernandez went 7 innings giving up 2 runs with 2 strikeouts for his first win of the season. In the finale Connor Goedert and Pat Porter secured the win with back to back homers in the 6-3 win but it was Yoanys Quiala that shined bright giving up just 3 runs and 2 strikeouts over his 7 innings for the win.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Pitching: Albert Abreu. He went 5 innings giving up only 3 hits with 6 strikeouts in his win in game one.
Hitting: Connor Goedert He hit .455 with a run scored 3 RBI’s and a homer in three games.
The Bandits hit the road for three games against Kane County starting tonight.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**