After the Quad Cities River Bandits tied the series at 2-2 with a knockout 12-5 win Sunday afternoon, the rains halted the possible rubber match on Monday afternoon against the Kane County Cougars.
Sunday stars included Jordan Scott (RF/CF) and Rio Ruiz (3B), who both had 3 hits. Scott’s hits included a double, and he scored a run. Ruiz hit a homerun, double, and 2 runners in, plus he scored 3 times. Roberto Pena (C) homered in the 2nd inning to start off the River Bandits scoring.
The 3rd and 6th innings brought more production. In the 3rd, Dan Gulbransen (LF) and Jesse Wierzbicki (DH) hit back to back doubles to score 2 runs – the first runner being Teoscar Hernandez (CF). In the 6th, 4 more River Bandits crossed the plate with Brian Blasik’s (2B) grand slam home run scoring Ruiz, Austin Elkins, and Jobduan Morales. It was Blasik’s 2nd grand slam of the season.
Ruiz led off the 8th inning with his home run, but another 4-run inning came in the 9th. This time, back to back doubles by Wierzbicki and Ruiz scored Scott and Bulbransen and Wierzbicki, himself. Ruiz scored later for run number 4 when Pena popped up a sacrifice fly to left field.
River Bandits’ starting pitcher Colton Cain (4-5, 4.54 ERA) did pretty well for 5 innings, but ran into a major snag in the 6th when he walked the first batter, then gave up a single and a double, which scored the runner he walked. He got the next batter to ground out, but then walked the next batter to load the bases. Gerardo Sanchez replaced Cain, and did not let another runner on base for the rest of the inning, but two existing runners scored on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error by center fielder Scott. Mitchell Lambson and Chia-Jen Lo were able to finish the game without giving up another run. River Bandits’ pitchers combined for 8 strikeouts in the game – 6 from Cain, who was selected by parent team Houston Astros as River Bandits’ June Pitcher of the Month. Carlos Correa, who didn’t play Sunday, was selected as River Bandits’ June Player of the Month.
The River Bandits have Tuesday off, but will be at it again Wednesday for a 3-game home series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The Hot Rods are 12-7 in the 2nd half, while the River Bandits are 12-5. I will be able to bring you more information and pictures, as I visit Modern Woodmen Park for some more baseball action, so please subscribe and help me follow Davenport Sports and the Quad Cities River Bandits. Go River Bandits!