July 13, 2008

MiLB: Lumberjacks double Bandits score

The Quad-Cities River Bandits fell to the Clinton Lumberjacks today, 8-4.

The Lumberjacks jumped all over the Bandit's starting pitcher, Ryan Kulik (1-2, 8.10), hitting him up for five runs in the first, one in the second, and two in the third, taking a commanding eight-run lead.

Kulik would last only those three innings before Dylan Gonzalez came on to relieve Kulik. Gonzalez gave the Bandits three scoreless innings, then handed off to Matt Spade, who allowed no runs.

After Spade kept the Lumberjacks off the board in the seventh, the Bandits scared up a run in the top of the eighth. With two outs, the Bandits managed to load the bases when Francisco Rivera singled, Aaron Luna reached on a fielding error, and D'Marcus Ingram was hit by a pitch. Ismael Cardona singled in the first Bandits' run, busting up the shutout but leaving them with a long way to come back. The chances for a Bandit big inning ended when Oliver Marmol struck out.

Brandon Garner relieved Spade, keeping the Lumberjacks from adding any runs in the ninth.
Down 8-1, the Bandits took their last chances at the plate, scoring three runs on a home run by Carlos Pupo, but it wasn't nearly enough, the River Bandits starting off a five-game visit to Clinton with a loss.