Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:40 pm
TinCaps blanked as Bandits take 2-0 series lead
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
If the TinCaps are to win the Midwest League Championship Series, a massive rally is needed, because their margin for error is gone.
Quad Cities' pitching smothered Fort Wayne's punchless offense, and the River Bandits won 5-0 Thursday night before an announced crowd of 3,880 in Game 2 at Parkview Field.
After an off day on Friday, the best-of-five series resumes Saturday night with Game 3 at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, and the TinCaps, trailing two games to none, must win three there in order to claim the George H. Spelius Championship Trophy.
Coming off a 6-3 loss Wednesday, Fort Wayne couldn't get much going against Patrick Sandoval, who threw six innings and scattered six hits, and Salvador Montano did the rest, earning a save by finishing the final three innings.
Abraham Toro hit an RBI single in the first inning off Lake Bachar, who pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up the one run on four hits and four walks.
The score remained 1-0 until the sixth, when Chas McCormick knocked an RBI single off Osvaldo Hernandez. Later in the inning, Troy Sieber connected against Will Headean for an RBI single.
The River Bandits added insurance runs in the eighth, on Colin Moran's RBI single, and ninth, on J.J. Matijevic's RBI double.
Making matters worse for the TinCaps, center fielder Buddy Reed crashed into the wall after a fine running catch in the seventh and was removed from the game in the top of the eighth.
Fort Wayne finished 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, while Quad Cities went 5 for 13 in those situations.