Entering play on Thursday Connor Goedert had started his season with the Quad Cities River Bandits 3-for-23 (.130) after being added to the roster on April 19 from extended spring training. In the first game of a doubleheader Goedert drove in a career-high six and upped his batting average by 62 points in that game alone by going 2-for-3.
In the first inning Goedert plated his first run with a sac-fly to put the River Bandits ahead 1-0 and in his second at-bat in as many innings he would deliver a bases-clearing double for three more runs batted in. After a Kyle Tucker triple in the bottom of the 6th, Goedert would get his final two RBIs on a two-run homer off of South Bend hurler Scott Effross. The River Bandits won the first game easily, 11-2 in seven.
Goedert would add another hit to his day in the second game, going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored from the cleanup spot. MiLB.com caught up with Goedert after his big day, "I felt like I was on time, seeing the ball better, and fortunately these guys did a good job of being on base a lot, so that always helps." Goedert also admits that he may have been pressing through the first handful of games, but as each game goes by he has become more comfortable.
Goedert is no stranger to bringing runs home, however. In last year's championship playoff run with the Greeneville Astros, Goedert turned in a stellar postseason Goedert collected at least one RBI in five of the team's six postseason games. He hit .333 with two homers and six RBIs during that run and was a major cog in the team's success. With his bat putting on a show on Thursday, we'll see if that can translate into more wins for a Quad Cities team that has largely been struggling out of the gates.
The Bandits took both games on Thursday, improving their record to 9-12 on the season and also giving the team their first two wins at home in 2016. If inside-the-park-homers are your thing, check out this one from Aaron Mizell, the Astros 32nd rounder from a year ago.