The Quad Cities River Bandits and Clinton Lumber Kings sent out their top pitchers in game two of the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Thursday night. The River Bandits went with 13-game winner Anthony Ferrara and the LumberKings selected Anthony Fernandez. Each gave up a run in the first two frames, but were solid until mid-game.
Fernandez had a 1-2-3 first but in the second was disrupted. Jonathan Rodriguez received a free pass and advanced to second on an error by Anthony Phillips which led to Nick Longmire reaching base. Colin Walsh singled to left field scoring Rodriguez and pushing Longmire to second. Fernandez buckled down and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
The River Bandits went down in order over the next two frames before getting back-to-back singles by Walsh and Geoff Klein in the bottom of the fifth. Fernandez kept both runners on base striking out both struggling Kolten Wong and Ronny Gil.
Stefen Romero led off the top of the sixth with
a home run to left off
Oscar Taveras was walked to lead off the bottom half of the sixth and Rodriguez drove him in with a double to left field. Cody Stanley moved Rodriguez up to third with a double to right. They scored on a sac fly to left by Longmire and single by Walsh. The River Bandits tried for more as Klein singled to left moving Walsh over to second, but were stopped right there as Packy Elkins grounded into a double play. Quad Cities took the lead 4-3.
Drew Benes relieved
Benes allowed a single in the top half of the eighth and was pulled for Justin Edwards, who would hold the runner on but also walked one batter.
Jonathan Arias walked Walsh to lead off the bottom of the eighth and advanced on a single by Klein. Elkins struck out and Wong walked to load the bases for the River Bandits. Arias uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Walsh to score and move the runners up. However they were left on base. Quad Cities now had a two-run lead at 5-3.
Dean Kiekhefer was called on to close out the game for the River Bandits and did so. He induced three ground outs with a single mixed in. Quad Cities swept the best of three series.
Oscar Taveras 1-for-4 with one run and one walk.
Jonathan Rodriguez 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI, two runs, and one walk.
Cody Stanley 1-for-3 with one double, one run, and one walk.
Nick Longmire 0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Colin Walsh 3-for-3 with two RBIs, one run, and one walk.
Geoff Klein 3-for-4 with one strikeout.
Anthony Ferrara started and pitched six innings. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, two home runs, two walks, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-0). (g/f:5-5)
Drew Benes entered in the seventh and pitched one inning. He allowed two hits and no runs for the hold (1). (g/f:1-1)
Justin Edwards entered in the eighth and pitched one inning. He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk for the hold (1). (g/f:1-2)(ir-s:1-0)
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the ninth and pitched one inning. He allowed one hit and no runs for the save (1). (g/f:3-0)
Ronny Gil 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Packy Elkins 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and grounded into one double play.
John Vuch and Dyar Miller were on hand for Thursday's clinching game according to the Quad-City Times.
Quad Cities also made a move in the front office naming Stefanie Brown the new GM, replacing Kirk Goodman according to the Quad-City Times.
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