July 16, 2008

MiLB ... River Bandits (A) swat Burlington Bees

DAVENPORT--St. Louis Cardinals' affiliate Quad-Cities River Bandits got the bats going late against the Burlington Bees, swatting baseballs all over Modern Woodmen Park.

The Bees took advantage of Bandits' starting pitcher Nick Additon's rocky start, doubling, then advancing to third on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly gave the Bees a 1-0 lead.

The River Bandits answered right away, Adron Chambers tripling into right field, then scoring on a Peter Kozma sac-fly, tying things up at 1-each.

Answering the answer, the Bees put another run on the board in the top of the second, the second of only two Additon would give up in seven full innings of work. Additon scattered four hits and struck out three.

With the Bees up 2-1, the River Bandits wouldn't answer until the third inning, Kozma and Carlos Pupo hitting back to back doubles, Kozma scoring on the latter.

The game would remain tied at 2-apiece until the River Bandits busted the game open in the seventh. Four R-B base runners would cross the plate, Ross Oeder singling the tiebreaker home first, Adron Chambers scoring. With two men on, Carlos Pupo yanked one just inside the left field foul pole for a three-run dinger to extend the R-B lead to 6-2.

Not yet finished swatting baseballs, the River Bandits added two more in the eighth, Oeder scaring up some more RBIs with a two-run homer to center field. The extra push made the score 8-2, which is how the game ended.

Nick Additon (8-3, 2.74) picked up the win, retiring 17 or the last 18 batters he faced. Additon pitched seven full innings, allowing only two runs on four hits while striking out three.

Jared Bradford threw two hitless innings in a non-save situation, grabbing a couple strikeouts as he mopped up for Additon.

Pupo swung the hot bat for the River Bandits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, one home run, and collecting four RBIs.

Oeder went 2-for-5 with a home run.