Bandits Split Series and Take Season Series From Beloit
Beloit, WI- This was by far the most exciting series this season. Two extra inning games and some late inning heroics things cooled down as the Snappers and Bandits took the field for the final game of this series. Well things cooled down for Quad Cities. The Bandits just could not get anything going. Losing 8-2 was not the way Quad Cities wanted to end this series but a split is far better than getting swept.
Beloit got going early scoring twice in the first inning. The first run came on a fielding error by Pat Porter which allowed Skye Bolt to cross for a 1-0 lead. A passed ball by Quad Cities catcher Anthony Hermelyn allowed the second run to score as Trent Gilbert took home on the miscue giving the Snappers a 2-0 lead. Things only got tougher for the River Bandits after that.
Kyle Tucker gave the Bandits some hope as he smacked his fourth homer of the season to make it 2-1 after 4. It was short lived hope as Beloit matched the homer but Brett Siddell hit a two run jack in the fifth pushing across Jose Chavez to extend their lead to 4-1. In the sixth Ryan Howell singled to center to score Justin Higley followed by a Gilbert ground rule double that scored Howell and Jesus Lopez to extend the lead to 7-1.
In the seventh Beloit would extend their lead even further as Chris Iriart scored on a wild pitch by Adam Whitt to give the Snappers an 8-1 lead. Quad Cities would add a run in the eighth but they ran out of time and the Snappers earned the split with the 8-2 win.
Beloit starter Justin Hurlbutt earned his third win of the season working 7 innings giving up 5 hit and 1 run while striking out 7. Bandits started Yoanys Quiala took the loss, his eighth of the year, after going 5.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 8 hits with 6 strikeouts. This marks the end of the season series for these two teams with Quad Cities winning the season series 10-8.
Next up for Quad Cities is a trip to Peoria for a three game series starting tonight at Dozer Park with the undefeated Matt Bower (4-0, 3.10) getting the nod for the River Bandits while Peoria will send Ronnie Williams (0-0, —) to the mound for his Chiefs debut. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm CT. Jake Levy will bring you all the live action on K-BOB 1170 am in the Quad Cities, riverbandits.com and the TuneIn app everywhere else.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Hitting: Myles Straw. He went 8-14 with 2 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and 8 total bases.
Pitching: Ralph Garza. Garza pitched a perfect 3 innings in game 2 to earn his fifth win of the season.
Other series notes: Dexture McCall raised his average and is now second on the team in batting average while Kyle Tucker added two more stolen bases to his team leading total. He now has 30 for the year. Myles Staw extended his hitting streak to 5 games and has a hit in 9 of his last 10 games.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**