For game two of the Midwest League championship on Thursday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits sent 2011 midseason All-Star Anthony Ferrara to face the Lansing Lugnuts' late season addition Justin Nicolino. Both pitchers were nominated for ‘Pitcher of the Week' at some point during the 2011 season.
Nicolino kept the ball down on the ground in the first two innings and only gave up two singles to the River Bandits' Ronny Gil and Cody Stanley. Gil and Stanley would end up as outs later in those innings.
Packy Elkins led off the third with a single and went on to second on a passed ball. Kolten Wong singled to left pushing Elkins over to third. Gil singled to left scoring Elkins but Wong was thrown out at third. Gil would steal third and score as Oscar Taveras flied out to left field. Jonathan Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning as the River Bandits came back to tie the contest up.
Cody Stanley singled and stole second to lead off the fourth. He advanced to third on a Nick Longmire fly out to right where he sat for the remainder of the inning.
Nicolino was pulled in favor of Tyler Ybarra to begin the fifth. Ybarra got two quick outs before Quad
Cities tacked on two more runs for the lead. First Gil was walked and he moved to
second on a Taveras single. Ybarra
uncorked a wild pitch allowing both Gil and Taveras to advance. The Ybarra meltdown continued as
Rodriguez reached base, Taveras moved to third, and Gil scored on the pitcher's
The River Bandits would strike again in the sixth as Chris Edmondson doubled to right field and stole second during the very next at-bat. Geoff Klein struck out but Elkins drove in Edmondson on a sac fly to left field. Wong followed with a triple that knocked Ybarra out of the game. Brandon Berl entered the game walking the first two batters he faced then getting the third out on strikes.
Seth Maness relieved
Dayton Marze came on for Berl and loaded the
bases up giving up a single to Elkins, striking out Wong, hitting Gil, and
walking Taveras. Rodriguez struck
out leaving the bases loaded and Marze left the game. Danny Barnes took over and held all
three runners on by striking out
Maness stayed on for a second inning and gave up a leadoff single to Peter Mooney. Jonathan Jones then grounded into a double play, wiping the bases clean. Oliver Dominguez flied out to left to end the inning.
Barnes continued his strike out reign getting the first two River Bandits batters swinging in the top of the ninth. Klein doubled but was left in scoring position as Elkins flied out.
Aidan Lucas was called on for the ninth inning and struck out his first batter faced. He then gave up a single and a double to the Lugnuts and was pulled after a fly out to right. Dean Kiekhefer came in to close out the game for the River Bandits and left both runners on with a fly out to left field for his third save of the playoffs.
Kolten Wong 2-for-5 with one triple, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.
Ronny Gil 2-for-2 with one RBI, two runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and assisted in one double play.
Oscar Taveras 1-for-2 with one RBI, one run, two walks, and one sac fly.
Cody Stanley 3-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one stolen base, one strikeout, and allowed one stolen base.
Chris Edmondson 1-for-5 with one double, one run, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Geoff Klein 1-for-5 with one double and two strikeouts.
Packy Elkins 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Anthony Ferrara started and pitched six innings. He allowed four hits, two earned runs, one home run, and struck six out for the winning decision (2-0). (g/f:5-5)
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter. He allowed no hits or runs for the save (3). (g/f:0-1)(ir-s:2-0)
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and assisted in two double plays.
Seth Maness entered in the seventh and pitched two innings. He allowed three hits, one earned run, and struck two out for the hold (2). (g/f:2-1)
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Marcus Walden (1-0, 3.60) vs. Trevor Rosenthal (1-0, 0.00)
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