The Quad Cities River Bandits scored more in today's game than the Peoria Chiefs scored in all three games of this series, which started on Friday. The River Bandits had every batter hit and score throughout the series' finale to contribute to the win, 15-3. The Chiefs took the first two games, 8-4 and 3-2.
River Bandits' catcher Jobduan Morales led all hitters with four hits and four runs batted in, while scoring three runs. Included in his hits were a double in the 2nd inning and a solo home run in the 8th. Other round-trippers were center fielder Brett Phillips and left fielder Jon Kemmer, also solo home runs. Phillips started the game by taking a 1 and 1 pitch over the left field fence. Kemmer hit his homer right after Morales did in the 8th inning.
River Bandits' starter, Gonzalo Sanudo (3-0, 0.50 ERA) pitched five strong innings with four strikeouts, while only yielding three hits and one run. Adrian Houser pitched through the 8th inning with Andrew Walter pitching in the 9th. Walter had bases loaded with two outs before the game was delayed, then later called, because of lightning.
Friday's game saw the Peoria Chiefs take advantage of an early error by the River Bandits to jump out ahead 4-2 after two innings. Kent Emanuel, starter for the River Bandits, continued through four innings, before Chris Cotton replaced him. Cotton was hammered in the 5th for four more runs, which was more than enough for the Chiefs' 8-4 victory.
First baseman Conrad Gregor led the River Bandits with three hits, including his 6th double of the season, scoring Chan Moon in the 7th inning. Moon stole two bases, which brings his total up to six, which is 2nd on the team behind James Ramsay, who has seven.
In all three games, including Saturday afternoon's game, the River Bandits scored in the opening inning. What helped this time was Phillips' opening triple followed by Moon's single, driving Phillips home. The 2nd inning was the only other River Bandit run in this game with a wild pitch with Tyler White and Kemmer on 3rd and 2nd base, scoring White. Six different River Bandits' got a hit, but were only one for nine with runners in scoring position.
Michael Feliz started his third game for the River Bandits, but only lasted three innings. Feliz gave up three earned runs, four walks, and four hits, while striking out three Chiefs. The relief pitching trio of Zach Morton, Evan Grills, and Patrick Christensen finished the game without letting another Chief runner cross the plate, but the River Bandits' offense could not come up with any runs after the 2nd inning.
The River Bandits return home to Modern Woodmen Park to welcome the Clinton LumberKings in a double-header on Monday night. The River Bandits lead the series with their Iowa neighbors to the north, 2-1, and hope to expand on that success in this 5-game home stand and get themselves back above .500. Go River Bandits!