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|BANDITS AGAIN OUTLAST COUGARS FOR FOUR-GAME SWEEP|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Marco LaNave|
|Monday, 08 April 2013 10:25|
Catcher Jobduan Morales has two hits; Cameron Lamb earns win after getting save Saturday
GENEVA, Ill. (APRIL 7, 2013) – Held to one hit through nine innings and forced into extra innings for a second straight day, the Quad Cities River Bandits broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run 13th inning on the way to a 3-1 victory and four-game road sweep of the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
With one out in the top of the 13th, River Bandits center fielder Teoscar Hernandez drove a triple to the warning track in right-center field, giving Quad Cities (4-0) a runner at third base with less than two outs for the first time Sunday. Right-hander Eddie Orozco (0-1) then intentionally walked shortstop Carlos Correa. With designated hitter Chase Davidson at bat, the Cougars reliever threw a high pitch off the glove of catcher Willson Contreras to the backstop that allowed Hernandez to score the go-ahead run. Correa advanced to second on the pitch, reached third on Davidson’s groundout, and scored when first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki singled to center field.
Right-hander Cameron Lamb (1-0) walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the 13th, but he induced two flyouts to center field and a popup to shortstop to end the game. After saving Saturday’s 11-inning win, Lamb entered with two outs and runners at first and second bases in the bottom of the 12th. He retired right fielder Bijan Rademacher on a flyout to left field, ending the Cougars’ best extra-inning threat.
Cougars left-hander Michael Heesch retired the first 11 River Bandits batters and did not allow a hit until two outs in the fifth inning. River Bandits catcher Jobduan Morales broke up the no-hitter and shutout with a double down the right-field line that scored left fielder Terrell Joyce, who had drawn a one-out walk.
Kane County (0-4) did not score in the first five innings against left-hander Brian Holmes, who struck out one batter and allowed just two hits. Right-hander Jordan Jankowski started the sixth inning and gave up the tying run in the seventh. Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach and left fielder Rock Shoulders each singled, and catcher Willson Contreras hit a sacrifice fly to score Vogelbach.
Jankowski worked 3 2/3 innings before a two-out, ninth-inning walk to Shoulders that ended his outing. Right-hander John Neely entered and allowed an infield single to Contreras before retiring the next eight hitters. Neely pitched three innings in relief and struck out three batters. He gave way to Lamb after walking two batters in the 12th inning.
The first-place River Bandits will open a three-game series at Burlington Monday night at 6:30 p.m. Left-hander Joe Bircher (0-0) and right-hander Vincent Velasquez (1-0) are scheduled to face right-hander Cam Bedrosian for the Los Angeles Angels Class-A affiliate.
Already winners of their first series of the season, the River Bandits will attempt to sweep the Cougars at 1 p.m. Sunday, when left-hander Brian Holmes and right-hander Jordan Jankowski are scheduled to pitch against Kane County left-hander Michael Heesch.
Sunday’s victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, April 9. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Tuesday, April 9.
UP NEXT: The 2013 home opener at Modern Woodmen Park is Thursday, April 11.Tickets for the 2013 season are now on sale! Call 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com. It’s not too late lock in your season ticket plan for the 2013 season! Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today at 563-324-3000 to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
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