July 18, 2008

MiLB ... Oeder's pair of homers help Bandits outdo Bees

Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A):

DAVENPORT-- Two solo home runs by Q-C River Bandits' Ross Oeder were the power portion of the offensive contributions that led to a 5-2 victory over the Burlington Bees last night at Modern Woodmen Park.

The win pushed the Bandits overall record to five games over .500 at 48-43. The Bandits are in fourth place in the MID-Western Division of the Midwest League, three games behind Peoria.

Starting pitcher Chuckie Fick got the win, improving his record to 3-2, pitching six full innings. Fick gave up a home run, one of two earned runs charged against him, the only runs the Bees scored. Allowing an average of a hit per inning, Fick walked no one and struck out four.

Adding a second hold to his numbers, Wayne Daman threw a couple innings in relief, walking one and striking out two. Daman gave up two hits, but allowed no runs.

Pete Parise earned his ninth save, giving up one hit in a closing role of inning's work. He struck out one Bees' batter.

The Bandit scored first, two runs in the third inning when leadoff hitter Oeder hit his third home run of the season to left field. Adron Chambers singled and advanced to third on a throwing error, then scored on a Peter Kozma ground ball.

The fifth inning supplied the balance of the game's scoring.

In the top of the inning, Burlington tied the game at 2-2 when the leadoff hitter, David Lough, tripled, then cruised home when the next batter, Clint Robinson, hit a shot over the right field wall.

Answering in the bottom of the frame, Q-C's Oeder once more hit a leadoff dinger (4), again to left field, the solo shot giving the Bandits the lead for the second time. Chambers followed with an extra-basehit, this time a double. Chambers would have to wait through a pitching change, a walk, and two fly outs before teammate Francisco Rivera matched his double, permitting him an easy score with Brett Wallace (who had walked) on his heels to add the fifth run.

Ross Oeder's pair of home runs were the hits in his 2-for-three game.

Brett Wallace went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, and reached on another at-bat, the walk in the fifth.

Adron Chambers was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring two of the Bandits' five runs.

Also doubling in the game were Rivera and Nicholas Peoples.