Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/12/11

Quad Cities swept Kane County in the Midwest League semis behind Nick Longmire's three-run walkoff home run on Sunday.

The Kane County Cougars visited the Quad Cities River Bandits in game two of the Midwest League Western Division Championship at Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday. Looking to avoid the sweep, the Cougars sent midseason addition Jason Mitchell to the mound while the River Bandits countered with ten-game loser Zack Russell.

 

The River Bandits' Oscar Taveras was the only player to collect a hit in the first as both pitchers kept the ball down on the ground in the infield.

 

The Cougars were the first on the scoreboard as Russell coughed up a solo home run to Kevin David after he struck the first two batters out in the second.  Russell finished off the inning with another strike out.  The Bandits went down 1-2-3.

 

The third and fourth innings were silent except for a free pass to Cougars' Angel Franco and a single by the River Bandits' Kolten Wong, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. 

 

Brett Eibner led off the fifth with a walk then stole second as David struck out.  Russell then walked Orlando Calixte, leaving two on base for Jacob Kuebler.  Kuebler tripled to right field scoring both runners and sending Russell to the clubhouse early.  Seth Maness came on in relief and Yowill Espinal flyed out to center scoring Kuebler as the Cougars went up 4-0.  Maness finished off the inning with a strike out.

 

Both teams went scoreless in the sixth and seventh with only Calixte reaching base with a double.

 

Maness struck out the first batter he faced in the eighth and then gave up a solo shot to Franco to give the Cougars a 5-0 lead.  Maness finished off the inning inducing to ground outs to the combo of Ronny Gil and Jonathan Rodriguez.

 

Mitchell hit Nick Longmire with a pitch to lead off the bottom half of the eighth.  Colin Walsh followed with a double to left field that put the Bandits on the board for the first time.  Geoff Klein popped out to third and Packy Elkins moved Walsh over to third on a fly out to center.  David let a pitch get away from him and Walsh easily scored as the River Bandits cut the lead to three runs.

 

Angel DeJesus relieved Maness in the ninth and got a 1-2-3 inning with two ground outs and a strike out. 

 

Mitchell, who pitched a stellar game for the Cougars, was pulled in favor of Chase Boruff.  Boruff walked Gil then uncorked a wild pitch to move Gil over to second.  After Chris Edmondson flied out to right, Gil advanced to third on defensive indifference.  Rodriguez singled to right field, scoring Gil and knocking Boruff out of the game.  The River Bandits continued their comeback with a Cody Stanley single, moving Rodriguez over to second.  With two men on, Longmire crushed a homer over the centerfield wall to give the River Bandits the walkoff win, 6-5.

 

 

Individual Highlights:

Kolten Wong 2-for-4 at the plate.

Jonathan Rodriguez 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Nick Longmire 1-for-3 with one home run, three RBIs, two runs, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Colin Walsh 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Seth Maness entered in the fifth and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, one home run, and struck five out. (g/f:2-3)(ir-s:1-1)

Angel DeJesus entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the winning decision (1-0). (g/f:2-0)

 

Rough Outing:

Geoff Klein 0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Packy Elkins 0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Zack Russell started and pitched 4.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, four earned runs, one home run, three walks, and struck eight out. (g/f:2-2)

 

Quad Cities beat Kane County 6-5

Quad Cities River Bandits Official Site Post Game

Kane County Cougars Official Site Post Game

Quad-City Times Post Game

 

 

Next Game

Quad Cities at Fort Wayne or Lansing, Wednesday, September 14

 

Opponent – Winner of East Division championship

Fort Wayne (0-1) visits Lansing (1-0) @ 7:05 PM ET Monday night with game three on Tuesday if needed.

 

 

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