CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (April 15, 2019) — The Quad Cities River Bandits received a dominant performance on the mound from Shawn Dubin and collected a season-high 13-hits to record a 7-2 win over Cedar Rapids on Monday night at Perfect Game Field. All nine hitters in the Bandits lineup finished with at least one hit.
The River Bandits (7-4) jumped out of the gates quickly, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first inning.With one out, Jeremy Pena scalded a double into the left-field corner to extend his hitting-streak to eight games. The next batter, Enmanuel Valdez, launched an opposite-field two-run home-run to get the scoring started. The long-ball was his second of the season.
Valdez was in the middle of the next-run scoring-effort for Quad Cities in the fifth inning. He reached on an error to open the inning and was joined on base by Scott Schreiber after a walk. Jonathan Lacroix capitalized by ripping a single into right-field to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Marty Costes opened the sixth inning by driving a solo home-run over the left-field fence for his first home-run of the season. Later in the same frame, Trey Dawson scored Ross Adolph with a shallow single into left-field to push the advantage to 5-0.
The lead would grow to as large as 7-0 in the seventh frame. Lacroix tripled for his third hit of the night, driving in Valdez from first-base. Costes followed with an RBI single up the middle to plate Lacroix and open up the widest margin of the night.
Cedar Rapids (4-8) did their only damage in the top of the ninth. Willy Collado issued a free pass to lead-off hitter Gabe Snyder and, two batters later, Trey Cabbage deposited his third home-run of the season over the center-field wall to pull the Kernels within 7-2.
Dubin earned the win in his first start of the season by throwing 6.0 shutout innings. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out seven. After a first-inning single, he retired the final 16 hitters he faced in the game. Jojanse Torres struck out a pair in a scoreless seventh inning before turning the ball over to Collado for the final two frames. The Bandits staff combined for 12 strikeouts on the night. They have recorded double-digit strikeouts in each of the first 11 games this season.
Lacroix went 3-4 with a triple and two runs batted in to lead the way offensively for the Bandits. Pena and Schreiber extended their respective hitting-streaks to eight games, Costes pushed his to seven and Dawson’s reached six. Valdez reached base three times and has four extra-base hits in the last three days.
The River Bandits will continue playing in Cedar Rapids at 6:35PM on Tuesday night against the Kernels. The entire series was moved from Modern Woodmen Park due to limited-access to the stadium. RHP Austin Hansen (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to throw for the Bandits against Kernels RHP Blayne Enlow (1-1, 9.00).
Cedar Rapids (R-H-E): 2-5-3
Quad Cities (R-H-E): 7-12-0
Win: Dubin (1-0)
Loss: Rijo (0-2)
HR: Cedar Rapids: Trey Cabbage (3, 9th inning, 1 on base)
HR: Quad Cities: Enmanuel Valdez (2, 1st inning, 1 on base) Marty Costes (1, 6th inning, 0 on base)
All River Bandits games are broadcast on 1170 K-BOB and TuneIn Radio. Home games are also available with video on MiLB.TV.