Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Quad Cities River Bandits sent West Division finals game one hero Trevor Rosenthal to the mound in their quest to sweep the Midwest League championship. The Lansing Lugnuts, looking to throw a speed bump out there to end the River Bandits streak, went with Marcus Walden. The Bandits were successful, winning the game and the title.
Michael Crouse led off the contest with a double to left field off Rosenthal. Marcus Brisker put down the sacrifice bunt to move Crouse over and scored in the following Lugnut at-bat. Rosenthal got the final out on a fly out to right field as Lansing jumped on the board quickly for a 1-0 lead.
Rosenthal calmed to toss five scoreless innings striking out six and only giving up two hits and one walk.
Kolten Wong singled to right field and advanced to second on a Ronny Gil ground ball. Oscar Taveras singled to the shortstop and pushed Wong to third. Wong scored on a Jonathan Rodriguez ground out and Taveras crossed on a Cody Stanley single to centerfield. Quad Cities took the lead 2-1.
The River Bandits continued into the second with a Colin Walsh leadoff single to right field. Geoff Klein and Packy Elkins each grounded out to move Walsh from first base to second and then to third. Wong drove in Walsh with a single to left and advanced to second on a throwing error by Walden.
Walden stayed on long enough to pitch the next two scoreless frames for the Lugnuts only giving up a couple singles and keeping the River Bandits only two runs up.
Brandon Perl relieved Walden, pitching a scoreless frame in the fifth but giving up the long ball in the sixth. Taveras doubled and Rodriguez walked in the fifth while Geoff Klein homered in the sixth giving the River Bandits a 4-1 lead.
The Lugnuts knocked Rosenthal out of the game as Carlos Perez singled to centerfield and scored on a Matt Nuzzo double. Drew Benes came in and didn't slow things down. Oliver Dominguez singled to right field to move Nuzzo over to third. Jonathan Jones drove in Nuzzo on a ground out and Dominguez moved on over to third. The Lugnuts kept things going with a single by Markus Brisker after Benes got a strikeout out. With Dominguez on third, Jake Marisnick flied out to center as the Lugnuts cut the lead to one run.
Dustin Antolin came on in relief of Berl and walked Wong to open the bottom of the seventh. Wong advanced to second on Gil's sacrifice bunt and Antolin put another runner on base, intentionally walking Taveras. Rodriguez doubled to score both Wong and Taveras and the River Bandits took a 6-3 lead. Antolin was pulled in favor of Daniel Webb who closed out the inning with a strikeout and line drive out.
Aiden Lucas came on to pitch the eighth and set the game up for Dean Kiekhefer. Lucas walked his first batter and followed that with two ground outs and a strikeout.
Webb stayed on and took the River Bandits out in order with two strikeouts and a line drive out.
The Lugnuts made an attempt to score runs in the ninth, patiently taking two walks with the first four batters. Marisnick came up and singled to right field, loading the bases for Marcus Knecht. Kiekhefer induced a fly out to right field Walsh and the Bandits won 6-3.
Kolten Wong 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI, two runs, and one walk.
Oscar Taveras 2-for-3 with one
double, two runs, and one intentional walk.
Jonathan Rodriguez 1-for-3 with one double, three RBIs, and one walk.
Cody Stanley 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI and two strikeouts.
Geoff Klein 2-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, one strikeout, and threw one runner out.
Trevor Rosenthal started and pitched six innings. He allowed five hits, three earned runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck seven out for the winning decision (2-0). (g/f:5-3)
Aidan Lucas entered in the eighth and pitched one inning. He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out for the hold (4). (g/f:2-0)(ir-s:1-1)
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the ninth and pitched one inning. He allowed one hit, no runs, and two walks for the save (4). (g/f:0-3)
Ronny Gil 0-for-3 with one sacrifice and one strikeout.
Packy Elkins 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
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