Thursday, August 13, 2009

8/13, Quad City 2, Cougars 3 (15)

Dusty Napoleon singled to second to score Petey Paramore in the 15th inning to give the Cougars the 3-2 win. This was the longest game this year for the Cougars.

In the 15th inning with two outs, Paramore grounded one to the shortstop, who tried to back hand the ball and then throw to first. The throw would be wide, Paramore went to second on the error. Franklin Hernandez then grounded one to short for an infield single. This put runners on first and third with two outs. Dusty Napoleon then grounded one into the hole at second that he would then beat the throw to first for an infield single. This would let Paramore score, and the celebration begin.

Both teams bullpens were outstanding, The Quad City River Bandits bullpen went nine innings, giving up three hits and one run. The last hit by the Cougars before the 15th was to lead off the seventh inning. That is 25 hitters in a row retired by the bullpen. They would strike out 11 in those innings. The Cougars bullepn went nine innings, giving up six hits and no runs. They had runners on base almost every inning.

Mathieu Leblanc-Poirier started for the Cougars and pitched well, he went six innings, giving up three hits and two runs. He would walk two and strike out five. In the second inning he gave up his first run. With one out, Domnit Bolivar reached on a wild pitch on a third stike. Ryde Rodriguez then doubled down the left field line to get Bolivar to third. Roberto Espinoza followed with a grounder to second to score Bolivar. The othe run came in the fifth inning for the Bandits. With one out, Jarred Bogany doubled off the right field wall. One out later, Jason Stidham would reach on a error by the second baseman Nino Leyja. On the play Bogany scored.

The Bandits had their chances throughout the game was in the whole game they were only retired in order five times. The Cougars ended seven innings with strikeouts.

Kane County scored their two runs in the sixth inning. Chris Berroa led off by reaching on an error by the shortstop. Leyja then bunted him over to second. Steve Parker went deep to right field. The Cougars would leave six runners on base in the game.

Haas Pratt was ejected after the 14th inning, arguing the called strikeout of Tyler Ladendorf to end the inning. Jeremy Barfield was tossed after he struck out in the 15th inning. The ump was calling a wide strike zone most of the night. Barfield went off and threw his helmet down and got right in the umps face.

Thankfully Dusty Napoleon came through in the 15th, because right before the at bat he was warming up in the bullpen to come in to pitch.

Tomorrow vs Quad City @6:30
Kevin Thomas (5-7, 4.15) vs Shawn Haviland (6-9, 4.33)

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