BANDITS BULLPEN SILENCES KERNELS IN WIN Print
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 10 June 2013 07:44

Quad Cities closes within three games of first-place Cedar Rapids by taking rubber match on the road

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (JUNE 7, 2013) – Left-hander Mitchell Lambson and right-handers Lance McCullers and John Neely combined to pitch six no-hit innings following right-handed starter Daniel Minor, and the Quad Cities River Bandits went on to a 6-1 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the deciding match of a three-game series at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.

After Quad Cities (34-25) and Cedar Rapids (37-22) scored a combined 33 runs in the first two games of their series, the River Bandits took a 6-1 lead over the Kernels through 4 ½ innings Friday. But neither team had a hit (although the teams combined for six walks and a hit batter) over the final 4 ½ innings of the finale. The River Bandits moved within three games of first-place Cedar Rapids with 10 and nine games respectively remaining for the two clubs.

Cedar Rapids opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Minor issued a one-out walk to left fielder J.D. Williams. Shortstop Jorge Polanco singled, and first baseman Dalton Hicks drove an RBI double to right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Hicks has nine hits – including five doubles and three home runs – and 10 RBIs in six games against Quad Cities this season. It was the only run against Minor, who went three innings and allowed four hits before Lambson started the fourth inning and struck out all three batters he faced.

The River Bandits took the lead in the third inning against right-handed starter Christian Powell (0-1), who had retired the first six batters in his Midwest League debut. Designated hitter Ariel Ovando extended a five-game hitting streak with a leadoff single, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez lined a double down the left-field line. With runners at second and third bases, right fielder Jordan Scott drilled a two-run triple to the right-center field gap. He later scored on a double by shortstop Carlos Correa down the third-base line, and Correa came home on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.

In the fifth inning, Correa beat out an infielder chopper with one out, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki smacked an RBI double into the right-center field gap. Two batters later, catcher Roberto Pena made it 6-1 with a single to left field that was the final hit for either side.

McCullers (3-4) started the fifth inning and allowed two walks while striking out five batters in four shutout innings to earn his third win in as many outings. Neely had a strikeout, hit batter and game-ending double play in a scoreless ninth inning.

The victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Saturday, June 8. 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 Saturday, June 8. The River Bandits begin a three-game series in Peoria at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Dozer Park. Quad Cities right-hander Mike Hauschild (4-0) will start the opener against right-hander Joe Cuda (3-3).

UP NEXT: Reservations can be made from now until June 10 for the River Bandits Father's Day Cookout and pre-game catch scheduled for Sunday, June 16. Check out www.riverbandits.com for details or call 563-324-3000. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.