Captains fall 5-3 to River Bandits
DAVENPORT, IA — The Quad Cities River Bandits (15-12, 50-46) took the lead in the fourth inning and the bullpen closed down the remainder of the game, earning a 5-3 win over the Lake County Captains (14-13, 45-51) on Friday.
Lake County scored the first run of the ballgame in the first without a hit. Right fielder Jordan Smith reached on a fielding error by shortstop Matt Williams. Smith then scored on a fielding error by leftfielder Roberto Reyes.
Quad Cities posted a three spot in the bottom of the first frame. Second baseman Luis Mateo singled to left field and Williams followed with another single. With one out, Mateo and Williams performed a double steal of third and second, respectively. Catcher Juan Castillo grounded out to third, which scored Mateo. A wild pitch by left-handed starter Elvis Araujo (4-8, 5.26) moved Williams to third. Right fielder David Medina then walked before first baseman David Bergin singled to left field, plating Williams. Finally, third baseman Anthony Melchionda doubled to deep center field to score Medina for the third run.
The Captains started the third with back-to-back singles by third baseman Todd Hankins and second baseman Jose Ramirez. Lake County appeared poised to score its first run after shortstop Francisco Lindor singled up the middle, but Hankins was thrown out at the dish trying to score. Smith followed with a RBI double to bring home Ramirez. Lindor then came home on a groundout by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin to tie the game at 3-3.
The River Bandits made it a 5-3 game in the fourth. Reyes singled to center field. Araujo attempted to pickoff Reyes, but threw the ball into right field, which allowed Reyes to move to second base. A one-out RBI single by Williams scored Reyes. Williams then advanced to second with his 18th stolen base of the year before Castillo hit an RBI single to left field to score Williams.
Araujo exited the game after four innings. Francisco Valera relieved him to begin the fifth. Araujo surrendered five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Quad Cities’ starter Bradley Watson (1-0, 3.60) came out of the game after the fifth inning. Jonathan Cornelius replaced him to begin the sixth. Watson allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out five in earning his first win of the year.
Valera came out of the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Reliever Kyle Petter entered to end the inning. Valera threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three.
Cornelius exited with one on and two outs in the eighth inning. Heath Wyatt relieved him and ending the inning with a strikeout. Cornelius allowed one hit and three walks in his 2 2/3 innings of work.
Petter allowed back-to-back walks in the eighth inning. Enosil Tejeda came in and shut the door with a strikeout followed by a double play. Petter pitched 1/3 of an inning. He walked three and allowed one hit. Tejeda struck out one in his perfect inning of work.
Wyatt picked up his fifteenth save of the year by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Captains had eight hits on the night. Ramirez and Lindor added two hits each and Sabourin had two RBIs to push his season total to 41.
Lake County will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to begin a three game series on Saturday night. The Captains will send RHP Cody Anderson (4-5, 3.43) to the mound, and the Kernels will counter with RHP Dan Reynolds (0-3, 2.85). First pitch is set for 6:05 Eastern time from Perfect Game Field.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.