The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 1, 2013

L'Kings' offense silenced

Special to the Herald
The Clinton Herald

---- — DAVENPORT – The tandem pitching style used by the Quad Cities River Bandits shut down Clinton’s potent offense for the second consecutive day Sunday night, giving the River Bandits a pair of wins to open an unusual five-game series at Modern Woodmen Park.

The LumberKings struck out a season-high 15 times in a 4-1 loss. The 15 strikeouts came 24 hours after Clinton fanned 12 times in the series opener, a 6-1 setback Saturday.

Starter Mike Hauschild breezed through five innings with little resistance from Clinton. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and earned his fifth win of the year. Backing Hauschild was Jordan Jankowski, who worked three scoreless innings and struck out four.

Much like Saturday night, Quad Cities took advantage of shaky defense deployed by Clinton. In the second inning, a Taylor Ard fielding error allowed a run to score to give the River Bandits a 1-0 lead. The error ended up costing LumberKings starter Victor Sanchez two runs in the frame.

A Carlos Correa double and Rio Ruiz single in the third upped the Bandits’ lead to 3-0. They quickly added one in the fourth when second baseman Austin Elkins took Sanchez deep for a solo shot, his fourth of the year.

Clinton didn’t get on the board until the ninth inning when Jordy Lara hit his team-high seventh home run of the season.

The lone bright spot in the game for Clinton was the bullpen work of Jochi Ogando and Richard Vargas. The two combined for four shutout innings in the loss.

Saturday, four miscues hurt Clinton’s chances for a road win.

Charles Kaalekahi made the start for Clinton and continued to show strides of improvement after a rough beginning to his LumberKings career. His only slip-up came in the second inning when Ruiz lifted a solo home run to right field to strike first for Quad Cities.

In the sixth inning, Kaalekahi departed with the River Bandits ahead 1-0. Cameron Copping made his LumberKings’ debut in relief, and Correa, the first player selected in last year’s draft, greeted him with an opposite-field home run to right field.

Quad Cities broke open the game with the help of some poor defense from Clinton. After Copping surrendered a walk and a hit by pitch, Brian Blasik hit a routine grounder to short that should have ended the inning. However, Ketel Marte threw low, the ball skipping away from first baseman Ard. As Roberto Pena tried to score, Ard attempted to cut down the run, but his throw also went astray. Two unearned runs came home on the play, pushing Quad Cities’ lead to 4-0.

The River Bandits added to their lead in the seventh. Jordan Scott led off with a single and came around to score on Correa’s RBI double down the right-field line. Correa scored two batters later when Janelfry Zorrilla dropped a fly ball, Clinton’s fourth error of the night.

The LumberKings’ lone run came when Ard ripped a single through the left side to score Dario Pizzano, who led off the eighth with his 23rd double.

Game 3 is set for 7 p.m. today. Clinton sends right-hander Matt Anderson (4-6, 4.24 ERA) to the mound against left-hander Colton Cain (3-5, 4.57).

SUNDAY

RIVER BANDITS 4, LUMBERKINGS 1

Clinton ab r h bi Quad Cities ab r h bi

Henry cf 3 0 2 0 Hernandez rf 4 0 0 0

Zorrilla lf 4 0 1 0 Scott lf 4 0 0 0

Pizzano dh 4 0 1 0 Correa ss 4 1 1 0

Ard 1b 4 0 0 0 Wierzbicki 1b 4 1 1 0

Littlewood c 4 0 1 0 Ruiz 3b 4 0 2 1

Lara 3b 4 1 1 1 Pena c 4 1 1 0

Guerrero rf 4 0 1 0 Elkins 2b 3 1 1 1

Peguero ss 4 0 1 0 Blasik dh 1 0 0 0

Werman 2b 3 0 0 0 Phillips cf 3 0 0 1

Totals 34 1 8 1 Totals 31 4 6 3

Clitnon 000 000 001 — 1

Quad Cities 021 100 00x — 4

E — Ard (9), Guerrero (6), Wierzbicki (6). DP — Quad Cities 2. LOB — Clinton 7, Quad Cities 5. 2B — Henry (16), Peguero (2), Littlewood (7), Correa (15). HR — Lara (7), Elkins (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Sanchez L, 1-3 4 5 4 2 0 1

Ogando 2 0 0 0 0 2

Vargas 2 1 0 0 1 2

Quad Cities

Hauschild W, 5-1 5 3 0 0 0 10

Jankowski 3 4 0 0 0 4

Sanchez 1 1 1 1 0 1

HBP — Henry (by Hauschild), Blasik (by Sanchez). U — Farris Pierson (p), Larry Allen (b). T — 2:36. Att. — 3,636.

SATURDAY

RIVER BANDITS 6, LUMBERKINGS 1

Clinton ab r h bi Quad Cities ab r h bi

Henry dh 5 0 1 0 Hernandez rf 4 0 2 0

Marte ss 5 0 0 0 Scott lf 4 1 1 0

Pizzano lf 4 1 1 0 Correa ss 4 2 3 2

Zorrilla cf 4 0 0 0 Wierzbicki 1b 4 0 0 0

Ard 1b 3 0 2 1 Ruiz 3b 3 2 1 1

Marlette c 4 0 1 0 Pena c 3 1 0 0

Lara 3b 4 0 1 0 Elkins 2b 3 0 0 0

Guerrero rf 3 0 2 0 Blasik dh 4 0 2 0

Lopes 2b 4 0 0 0 Phillips cf 3 0 0 0

Totals 36 1 8 1 Totals 32 6 9 3

Clinton 000 000 010 — 1

Quad Cities 010 003 20x — 6

E — Lara (9), Marte (10), Ard (8), Zorrilla (2), Ruiz (11). DP — Clinton 2. LOB — Clinton 10, Quad Cities 6. 2B — Marlette (11), Pizzano (23), Hernandez (13), Correa (14). 3B — Hernandez (6). HR — Ruiz (4), Correa (5). S — Phillips.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Kaalekahi L, 1-1 5 6 1 1 1 2

Copping 1 2/3 3 5 2 1 0

Garcia 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

Quad Cities

Minaya W, 1-1 5 4 0 0 0 4

Velasquez S, 3 4 4 1 1 1 8

WP — Copping 2. HBP — Guerrero (by Velasquez), Pena (by Copping). U — Larry Allen (p), Farris Pierson (b). T — 2:32. Att. — 4,431.