Saturday, September 5, 2009

9/5, Quad City 7, Cougars 3

The Cougars would give up seven runs and eleven hits to the Quad City River Bandits in their loss tonight 7-3. Shawn Haviland had one of his worst outings of the year, he went into the fifth inning, giving up ten hits and seven runs. The bright spot was the bullpen. Joseu Selenis and A.J. Huttenlocker pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way.

Kane County would score the first run of the game, in the first inning. With two outs, Steve Parker singled to center. Mike Spina followed with a single to center. Jeremy Barfield then singled to center to score Parker. That would be the last run for the Cougars untill the sixth.

Meanwhile the Bandits would score all seven of their runs in that time period. In the second inning the Bandits got ahead for good with two runs. Jack Cawley led off with a single to right. Ryde Rodriguez then singled to left. Domnit Bolivar would but the runners over. Jarrod Bogany then singled to center to score Cawley. D'Marcus Ingram singled to left center to score Rodriguez. Bogany and Ingram would steal second and third. One out later, Jermaine Curtis walked to load the bases. Haviland would be able to get Xavier Scruggs to ground out to get out of the inning.

In the third Rich Racobalo hit a leadoff bomb off the screen in fron t of the non working scoreboard. I was hoping by hitting the scoreboard it would magically come to life, but oh well.

The really ugly inning came in the fifth when the Bandits scored four runs and batted around. Curtis lead it off with a double down the right field line. He would get to third on a wild pitch one out later. Racobaldo then walked. One out later, Rodriguez singled to short to score Curtis. Bolivar followed with a double to left to score both Racobaldo and Rodriguez, he would get to third on the throw home. The Cougars then brought in Josue Selenis and he would give up a bloop single to center to Bogany to score Bolivar. Ingram would then walk. First and second with two outs, Selenis then got Jason Stidham to pop up to center to get out of the inning.

The rest of the way Selenis and Huttenlocker would be perfect. Selenis with two more innings, with one strike out. Huttenlocker with two innings with two strike outs.

The offense wasn't that bad tonight, as they had some chances early. Franklin Hernandez walked with one out in the second, then would be caught trying to steal second. In the fourth inning, Mike Spina walked to lead things off. Barfield and Petey Paramore both flew out. Tyler Ladendorf would hit into a fielder's choice. In the fifth inning, Connor Crumbliss singled with two outs but would be stranded.

In the sixth inning the Cougars would score another run. With one out, Spina and Barfield walked. One out later, Ladendorf singled to left. It should've just loaded the bases, but the leftfielder Bogany basically threw the ball into the ground trying to get the ball in, so Spina would be able to come around and score.

The other run the Cougars scored came in the eighth inning, and it basically was a gift. With one out, Spina reached with an error by the shortstop. Three wild pitches later he would score. After the wildness with not two outs, Paramore singled to left. Ladendorf then blooped one to center for a single. Hernandez would line out to center to end the inning.

The Cougars had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Crumbliss walked. Gil and Parker would both be hit by pitches to load the bases with only the one out. After the second hit by pitch the Bandits brought in their closer Dave Carpenter. He would strike out Spina on eight pitches,after he had foulded off three straight pitches. One the first pitch thrown Chris Berroa would then ground into a force out at second to end the game.

Tomorrow vs Quad City @6pm
Jorge Rondon (1-4, 4.44) vs Mathieu Leblanc-Poirier (4-7, 4.38)

Tonight was the last of the traveling entertainment for the year. We had Birdzerk, hit act has actually changed a little this year. The best part was he stole the glove of the first baseman Scruggs. Usually its the third baseman. Scruggs seemed to be having a great time dancing and played the fact that his glove was takin pretty well. Then Birdzerk as always throws the glove over the outfield fense.

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