Friday, August 14, 2009

8/14, Quad City 4, Cougars 3

After 15 innings of fun yesterday, the Cougars went regulation today. Unfortunatly they only got three runs and eight hits, while losing to Quad City 4-3 in the finaley of the series.

Shawn Haviland did not have a good outing, at least the first three innings. He was able to semi keep the team in the game and give them a chance to win in the end. That is if they can find thier bats.

Haviland got off to a real rough start, this time it wasn't only one bad inning, it was three. In the first he gave up a single to Jermaine Curtis up the middle to lead off the game. Then Haviland walked both Jason Stidham and Xavier Scruggs to load the bases. He would get both Rich Racobaldo and Jack Cawley looking. Then be able to get Frederick Parejo to pop up back to the catcher to end the inning.

The second inning wasn't much better, actually it was a little bit worse as he gave up two runs. Ryde Rodriguez led off with a single to third. Domnit Bolivar followed with a single to left. Two outs later, Stidham would walk to load the bases. Scruggs would single to left to score both Rodriguez and Bolivar. Haviland would get out of the inning with a pop out to short.

Another run for the Bandits off of Haviland in the third inning. Cawley led it off with a single up the middle. Shortstop Carlos Arrieche made a nice play on a sharpe grounder for the first out of the inning. Rodriguez then singled to left. One out later, Jared Bogany singled to right center to score Cawley. Jeremy Barfield would run down a fly to the warning track to end the inning.

After that Haviland pitched well, he really settled down. He would retired seven in a row untill he hit Bolivar to start off the sixth inning. Bogany would move him to second with a bunt. After that Scott Deal came in and would get a strikeout and a line out to get out of the trouble.

Deal had troubles of his own in the next two innings. He would pitch two and two thirds innings, and give up three hits and one run. Scruggs led off the seventh with a singel to third. Racobaldo then singled to left center. Cawley would move the runners along with a bunt. Frederick Parejo then grounded one to Arrieche, he would make a great play on the ball, and then throw home to get Scruggs at the plate. That was important because at this point in the game the score was 3-3. Rodriguez flew to right to end the frame.

The Cougars did have some chances and would end up scoring three runs of their own. In the third inning, Franklin Hernandez led it off with a single to left. One out later, Chris Berroa singled to right to bring home Hernandez. Steve Parker led off the fourth with a triple off of the left centerfield wall. Mike Spina then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Parker. Spina led off the sixth with a double down the left field line. One out later, Petey Paramore blooped a single to center to bring home Parker.

In the eighth inning the Bandits would score what would become the game deciding run off of Scott Deal. Bolivar led off with a walk. The walk will be discussed later. Bogany then bunted him over to second, one out later, Stidham singled to right center to bring home Bolivar.

The Cougars would have a chance to score in both of the last two innings. In the eighth, Spina led off by reaching on an error by the shortstop. Barfield then hit into a double play. In the ninth, Hernadnez reached on another error by the shortstop. Dusty Napoleon would bunt him over to second. Tyler Ladendorf then hit for Berroa, he would strike out. As would Nino Leyja to end the game.

Tomorrow at Burlington @6:30
Murphy Smith (0-1, 2.75) vs Manauris Baez (5-5, 3.83)

Juan Nunez came off of the disabled list, this gave the Cougars a full 25 man roster.

Scott Deal tied the career walks record of Hector Henriquez (98-00)

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