Tuesday, August 11, 2009

8/11, Quad City 4, Cougars 2

Well the Cougars have lost 10 out of their last 12 home games, they droped the first game of the series against the Quad City River Bandits 4-2.

Kenny Smalley started and did not have one of his better games. He survived into the sixth inning, giving up seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out three. All three of the runs came in the first inning. Smalley had baserunners all but two innings.

The first inning was the worst for the Cougars tonight. D'Marcus Ingram led off with a single to short. Jermaine Curtis then singled to right to get Ingram to third, Curtis then stole second. Xavier Scruggs walked to load the bases. Rich Racobaldo would ground one to third, Mike Spina threw to Dusty Napoleon to force out Ingram at home. Smalley would then get Domnit Bolivar looking for the second out. Jason Stidham would then take four pitches for a bases loaded walk, Curtis came home to score. Ryde Rodriguez singled to center to drive in both Scruggs and Racobaldo.

Smalley had some trouble also in the third inning, Scruggs led off with a walk. Two pop outs later, Stidham singled down the left field line. Smalley would then get Rodriguez to pop out to second to end the inning.

The next time the Cougars were in trouble was the sixth inning, Smalley was still pitching, Stidham led off with a double down the right field line. Rodriguez then singled to right. Scott Deal would come in to set a record. More on the record later. He would hit Roberto Espinoza on the first pitch to load the bases. Deal then delt, he would strike out Jarred Bogany looking, Ingram swinging for the first two outs. Curtis hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. Bases loaded no one out, and Deal gets out of it.

The Cougars did have a little bit of offense in the game, not much but they scored two runs on nine hits. In the third inning, Napoleon led off with a single to left, Carlos Arrieche then grounded into a double play. In the fourth inning, Spina hit a two out double to the wall in right. Jeremy Barfield then struck out to end the inning.

More left on in the fifth inning for the Cougars. Petey Paramore led off with a single to left. Franklin Hernandez then hit into a double play. Napoleon then hit one to third, the ball bounced right over the head of the thirdbaseman for a single. Arrieche then singled to short. Nino Leyja would pop out to strand the two runners.

Finally the Cougas got a run in the sixth inning with two outs. Spina singled to left. Barfield then tripled to the wall in center to score Spina. Actually the centerfield lost the ball in the lights.

The other run the Cougars would score came in the eighth inning, Leyja led it off with a single to center. Steve Parker then walked. Tyler Ladendorf would then bunt the runners into scoring position. Spina hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Leyja. With the tying run on third and two outs, Barfield would strike out.

Scott Deal broke the team record for career games pitched with 92. He broke Dan Fyvie's record (04-06). Deal is also one win away from tying the career wins record. He owns the career loss, strikeout, hits, games started, and a couple of other records. he is two walks away from that record. Barfield has a 13 game hitting streak.

Tomorrow vs Quad City @6:30
Miguel Tapia (3-3, 4.64) vs Anvioris Ramirez (1-2, 4.13)

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