River Bandits Come out Swinging in Series-Opening WinApril 30, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Quad Cities River Bandits
Quad Cities (13-10) snapped a two-game losing streak and remained in a tie with Beloit (14-11) and Wisconsin (14-11) for the Midwest League Western Division lead, for which they have been tied or held since April 15.
On a Book Buddies Day, neither team scored in the first inning, but River Bandits designated hitter Colin Walsh led off the second with a triple to right field off Silver Hawks left-hander John Pedrotty (1-1). Following a Juan Castillo strikeout, Anthony Garcia hit a two-run home run that cleared the grassy berm in left field for his first of the season and the first of the home stand. Right fielder Virgil Hill followed by collecting his first hit of the year - a triple off the glove of center fielder Ender Inciarte. But Hill was stranded at third following back-to-back groundouts.
Quad Cities shortstop Matt Williams led off the third with a double to left field and scored on a single by center fielder Nick Martini single. A pair of singles from catcher Juan Castillo and first baseman Roberto De La Cruz loaded the bases with one out. Garcia grounded out to third for the second out that scored Martini to make it 4-0. Hill then doubled to right, clearing the bases and giving Quad Cities a 6-0 lead.
South Bend (13-10) scored twice in the fourth. Third baseman Matt Helm doubled off the wall in left field, and consecutive errors by Williams allowed him to score. Center fielder Ender Inciarte singled to drive in designated hitter Marc Bourgeois, who had reached on the first error by Williams.
The two unearned runs were the only ones allowed by left-hander Dail Villanueva (2-1), who scattered eight hits while striking out three batters. For the third straight start he went six innings and did not walk a batter.
The River Bandits struck again in the fourth, as second baseman Luis Mateo led off by connecting for his second home run of the season to deep left field. Williams and De La Cruz both singled, ending the day for Pedrotty, who went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits without recording a strikeout. Right-handed reliever Willy Paredes entered and promptly walked Walsh to load the bases. After striking out Castillo, Paredes hit Garcia to force in a run. A walk to Virgil Hill forced in the third run of the inning, and an infield single by third baseman Garrett Wittels plated the fourth run, extending the lead to 10-2.
In the sixth inning, Garcia and Hill hit back-to-back doubles with two outs to make it 11-2. Quad Cities tacked on three more in the bottom of the eighth courtesy of a solo shot by Walsh, who is tied for second in the Midwest League with six home runs, and a two-run double by Mateo, who finished 2-for-5 with three RBI. Hill was 3-for-3 with a triple, two doubles and four RBI, while Garcia was
South Bend scored once in the ninth on three hits, including two infield singles, against left-hander Danny Miranda for the 14-3 final.
The River Bandits and Silver Hawks will finish the series with a doubleheader of seven-inning games Tuesday. The first game is at 5 p.m. with right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (1-1) set to face South Bend right-hander Jesse Darrah (2-1). Left-hander Hector Hernandez (1-1) will start Game 2 for Quad Cities against right-hander J.R. Bradley (2-2).
UP NEXT: The River Bandits will host the South Bend Silver Hawks for a May Day doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., and all individual tickets are buy-one-get-one free as part of 'Dew for Twosday' presented by Pepsi, CBS4, WOC & Q106.5. Kids get a voucher for a free meal, and anyone who brings an old can or bottle of Mountain Dew to recycle at the gates can exchange it for a free soda voucher at the River Bandits box office. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at (563) 3-BANDIT and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
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