The Cougars offense would be shut down by the Quad city River Bandits pitching tonight as they would lose 5-1. Shelby Miller, who was the Cardinals first round pick last year, pitched great. He tied his longest outing of the year with five and one thirds innings, giving up three hits and no runs. He walked two, the last two hitters he faced and struck out five.
He kept the Cougars off balance all game long, as he gave up the three hits but strikeouts in key situations and a key double play limited the Cougars. In the third inning the Cougars got their first hit, with one out in the third inning, Myrio Richard doubled to the leftcenterfield wall. Miller then struck out the next two hitters. In the fourth inning, Tyreace House beat out a grounder to second to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Leonardo Gil grounded into an inning ending double play. Nino Leyja led off the fifth with a single down the right field line, then would be caught stealing.
In the sixth inning with one out, Miller walked both Mike Gilmartin and Connor Crumbliss. He would leave the game after that. Reliever Justin Smith then got House to ground into an inning ending double play. Smith would give up a leadoff walk to Anthony Aliotti in the seventh. He then struck out the next two hitters before walking Max Stassi. Smith then struck out Franklin Hernandez to end the inning.
Justin Marks started for the Cougars and in the first inning things just didn't seem to go his way. D'Marcus Ingram led off the game by blooping one to left. Gilmartin and Hernandez both tried to catch the ball and it fell in between them for a double. Two outs later, matt Adams singled to center to score Ingram.
After that inning Marks would get the next eight in a row before giving up a two out single in the fourth. In the fifth inning, Marks walked both Ryan Jackson and Michael Swinson to lead off the inning. Luis Mateo then bunted the runners over. Ingram would single up the middle to score both Jackson and Mateo. The next inning Jason Stidham took Marks over the right field fence for a solo homer.
To finish off the seventh inning, after the homerun, Adams singled to left. Ryde Rodriguez then reached on a fielder's choice with Adams being out at second. Robert Stock would then single to right. The Cougars then made a pitching change bringin in Bo Schultz. Jackson would then line one to second and the Cougars would double off Rodriguez at second to get out of the inning. The other run the Bandits would score came in the seventh inning off of Schultz. Swinson led off with a single up the middle, then stole second. One out later, Ingram singled down the right field line to score Swinson.
The Cougars only run of the game came in the ninth inning off of Jesse Simpson. Aliotti led off the inning by reaching on a single to second. Gil then reached on an error by the short stop. A passed ball would get Aliotti to third. Leyja then blooped a single to center to score Aliotti. Simpson then got both Stassi and Hernandez on strikes to end the game.
5/14 vs Quad City, 7pm
Joe Kelly (2-2, 2.96) vs Rob Gilliam (2-1, 2.87)