In the opening first-round Midwest League playoff game between the Quad Cities River Bandits (81-56) and Clinton Lumber Kings 63-76) Wednesday evening, the River Bandits got the action started right away. After a leadoff fly out, Ronny Gil and Oscar Taveras each singled to give Jonathan Rodriguez runners on base. Rodriguez launched a three-run shot over the fence to put the Bandits on top 3-0 in the first.
Clinton's pitching woes continued into the second as Tony Butler gave up a double to Geoff Klein, then hit Joey Bergman, and walked Kolten Wong to load the bases. Gil came up but hit a grounder to third base which turned into a fielder's choice to home to force Klein out. Taveras followed with a single to right field to score three and he advanced to third, where he stayed. Quad Cities went up 6-0 in the second.
Boone Whiting glided through five innings,
allowing only one run but he wore out in the sixth. Whiting gave up a single and John Hicks followed it with a two-run
homer to left field as
The River Bandits put another run on the board in the seventh after a throwing error, force out, and fielder's choice by the LumberKings. With two runners on and Rodriguez at the plate, Matthew Bischoff threw a wild pitch, putting both in scoring position. Rodriguez popped out to center, scoring Gil.
Seth Maness came on in the seventh and was
quickly knocked out after a double, walk, and a pair of singles which lead to
one run. Aidan Lucas took over but Wong
committed an error to let one of Maness' runners score as
Lucas pitched a hitless eighth, striking out two and getting a fly out.
Dean Kiekhefer was called on to finish the game in a non-save situation in the bottom of the ninth. Kiekhefer struck two out and induced a ground out but did give up a triple.
Ronny Gil 1-for-4 with four runs, one walk, and one stolen base.
Oscar Taveras 3-for-5 with three two-out RBIs and two runs.
Jonathan Rodriguez 2-for-3 with one double, one home run, five RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, one walk, one sac fly, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Geoff Klein 1-for-4 with one double and two strikeouts.
Aidan Lucas entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out for the hold (1). (g/f:2-1)(ir-s:3-1)
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the ninth and pitched one inning. He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out. (g/f:1-0)
Kolten Wong 1-for-4 with one run, one walk, one caught stealing/pickoff, and one fielding error.
Cody Stanley 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and assisted in one double play.
Chris Edmondson 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Boone Whiting started and pitched six innings. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, one home run, two walks, and struck nine out for the winning decision (1-0). (g/f:3-4)
Seth Maness entered in seventh and pitched to five batters. He allowed three hits, two earned runs, and one walk. (g/f:1-0)
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