Quad Cities Report: Resilient Bandits Never Give Up
Peoria, IL– In the dog days of this summer there has been plenty cheer about in the second half of this season for Quad Cities. The Bandits sit only 4 games below .500 overall and are 26-23 in the second half. After winning a series with Peoria to start the month they would come home and split their four game series with Burlington. Heading out on the road for a four game series with the Chiefs for the final time this season Peoria had revenge on their mind.
Game one was dominated by the Chiefs as they went up 7-0 after five. Quad Cities tried to mount a comeback but fell short putting up just 4 runs in the final innings to take a 7-4 loss and yet still remained tied for the wild card spot. Matt Bower was roughed up to the tune of 7 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5 in just 4 innings of work. Myles Straw lead the way at the bat going 2-5 with 2 RBI’s.
After a wash out for game two a double header was set for Saturday. Peoria jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth inning of the seven inning game. Quad Cities scored three runs to tie the game going into the seventh. A hit to left by Magneuris Sierra allowed R.J. Dennard to score sealing the win for Peoria 4-3. Game two of the double header was a complete change as the Bandits lit up the Chiefs pitching for 8 runs. Taking an 8-4 win proved that Quad Cities might go down for a bit but they should never be counted out. Hector Perez got the win for the Bandits going 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 9. Stephen Wrenn lead the way at the plate going 3-4 with 3 RBI’s and a run scored.
The finale saw Quad Cities dominate all around. Pat Porter got the Bandits on the board in the third as he smacked his eighth homer of the season to give Quad Cities a 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker would join the fun as his single to left scored Wrenn for a 2-0 lead. Finally Randy Cesar would drive home Tucker and Dexture McCall to complete the scoring on the night and give the Bandits a much needed win. Franklin Perez and Albert Abreu combined for the shutout allowing just 7 hits between them while striking out a combined 14 hitters.
With the win in the finale Quad Cities is now a full game up on Burlington for the second half wild card spot. Burlington lost to Clinton yesterday knocking them out of the wild card spot. Quad Cities opens their final series with Clinton tonight in Clinton. First pitch is set for 6:30 with Yoanys Quiala (2-8, 4.34) getting the start for Quad Cities while Clinton counters with Pedro Vasquez (1-2, 2.49). Jake Levy will bring you all the live action on K-BOB 1170 am, riverbandits.com and on the TuneIn app.
Stoney’s Shining Stars
Hitting: Stephen Wrenn. In the series he hit .400 with 3 RBI’s and 4 runs scored in the series.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**