After beating Peoria soundly on Saturday and Sunday last week, Tyrell Jenkins received a Monday matinee start. He had a solid outing but said he wasn't satisfied with allowing four walks in six innings, even though he struck out ten and only allowed four hits. The right-hander has been throwing in the mid- to upper-90's recently and is showing better control on his off pitches. I'm looking forward to seeing him when it gets even warmer outside. Unfortunately, Willy Paulino followed and gave up the two-run lead in 2/3 inning. Willy has been struggling for the last few weeks; I hope he finds his groove soon. Pitching wasn't the only problem on Monday as the team only came up with three hits. The highlight of the game was Matt Williams' first homer of the year.
The series in Wisconsin wasn't supposed to be a walk in the park since they are in first place. Coming out of there with one win was an acceptable result for the trip. Again, see Leonda Markee's daily notebook for those game recaps.
Coming back to Davenport for Saturday's game was a boost for the team. Modern Woodmen Park had more fans than any time this year as the Quad Cities honored our military. There were about 5,400 in attendance as the Bandits beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 6-2 on the strength of Hector Hernandez's pitching. He logged 7.1 innings and didn't allow any runs until the seventh inning. Willy Paulino finally had the game he needed as he pitched the last 1 2/3 innings without giving up any runs. Roberto Reyes had a good night at the plate with three hits. Garrett Wittels struggled and went 0-for-3.
Update as of Monday night: The highlight of the week is the promotion of Todd McInnis to Palm Beach. He left Davenport Tuesday morning. Jonathan Cornelius took his place in the rotation. Monday night's game was an umpiring disaster but the left-hander had a good outing. It has been a big week for Jon! I'm looking forward to seeing more of what he can do.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know on the Insider forum or by private message. I think I'll be able to talk to a few players this week and include some interviews starting next week.
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