Captains shut down by River Bandits, 7-2
DAVENPORT, IA- The Quad Cities River Bandits (14-12, 49-46) jumped on the Lake County Captains (14-12, 45-50) early and got a great night from their pitching staff to snap the Captains’ five game winning streak.
Quad Cities scored three runs off of Captains’ starter Mason Radeke (5-4, 3.88) in the fourth inning. Left fielder Anthony Garcia led off with a double to left field. Right fielder David Medina, the next batter, walked to put two runners on base. First baseman Jeremy Patton hit his first homerun of the year, a three run shot to right center field.
The starter for the River Bandits, left-hander Hector Hernandez (7-5, 4.08), threw four perfect innings before allowing his first hit to first baseman Jerrud Sabourin in the fifth.
The River Bandits added four more runs in the fifth. Centerfielder Roberto Reyes crushed his third homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the frame. Shortstop Matt Williams walked and moved to third on a single by designated hitter Nick Martini. Medina scored Williams with a double to right field.
Antwonie Hubbard replaced Radeke with one out in the inning. Second baseman Luis Mateo brought Martini home with a sacrifice fly to left field. Patton was hit by a pitch from Hubbard. Third baseman Anthony Melchionda plated Medina with a RBI double to right field. Patton was thrown at the plate trying to score another run.
Radeke allowed seven runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out eight. Radeke has struck out eight, three times this season.
Sabourin hit his third homerun of the year, a two out shot to right field, making the lead 7-2 Quad Cities.
Robert Stock relieved Hernandez in the eighth inning. Hernandez pitched seven innings to get the win, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
The Captains gained another run in the eighth. Catcher Jake Lowery walked with one out. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo singled to move Lowery to third. Castillo was thrown out going to second. Lowery scored on a wild pitch.
Louis Head came in for Hubbard in the bottom of the eighth. Hubbard pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out one and walked no one. Head pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Danny Miranda threw a perfect ninth inning for Quad Cities.
The Captains only managed three hits. Sabourin had two hits and Castillo added the third hit for the team.
The Captains and River Bandits will conclude the three game series from Modern Woodmen Park. Lake County will start RHP Joe Colon (8-8, 2.90) and Quad Cities will counter with LHP Kyle Hald (4-5, 3.10). First pitch is set for 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.