River Bandits were able to score early and often in their two wins against the Beloit Snappers. After losing Thursday, 1-4, and Friday, 2-5, the Quad Cities River Bandits rattled off two wins to achieve the split - both games by the score of 6-1.
In Sunday night's game, A.J. Reed and Bobby Boyd were multi-hitters, with both contributing to the four-run 3rd inning. Reed hit his first triple, scoring Chase McDonald, who reached with a walk. J.D. Davis doubled Reed home, and later scored on Jose Fernandez's single to center field. Boyd was able to put his best foot forward in his first game as a River Bandit by collecting his second hit, this time scoring Dayne Parker, who came in to run for Fernandez and stay in the game at second base.
Boyd comes to the River Bandits from the Class A-Short-Season Tri-City ValleyCats, another Houston Astro farm club. He was batting .333 with 53 hits and six doubles.
River Bandits' starter Michael Feliz (8-4, 3.70 ERA) turned in another spectacular night. Feliz struck out five Snappers, while only surrendering three hits and one run. Chris Lee went three more innings, striking out four, while not allowing anyone on base. Chris Cotton finished things off for the night in the 9th.
Saturday's victory was very similar with the River Bandits jumping out in front 6-0 in the first two innings. The Snappers finally added a run of their own in the 8th inning. James Ramsay led all batters with three, including a grand slam home run in the 2nd inning to top off another four-run inning for the River Bandits. Fernandez walked, Brett Booth was hit by a pitch, and Thomas Lindauer singled to left to load the bases for Ramsay's first slam of the season.
A vast improvement from his game against Burlington Bees in which he gave up four runs, Blaine Sims (3-4, 4.28 ERA) shutout the Snappers for six innings, giving up six hits, while striking out six. Andrew Walter, Keegan Yuhl, and Frederick Tiburcio each contributed an inning to keep the Snappers down.
In Friday's loss, Davis and McDonald both had two hits, including McDonald's 13th homer. In Thursday's loss, Davis again had two hits, but he was joined by Marc Wik, who had two doubles.
The River Bandits had Monday off, but will resume play when they travel to division-leading Kane County Cougars for three games starting Tuesday. It is time to avenge the sweep the River Bandits experienced last time they went to Kane County at the beginning of this month. Go River Bandits!