Another playoff game, another win for the Quad Cities River Bandits. This time they beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-3, giving them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series.
As in Game 1 of the series, the Lugnuts scored first, taking a two-run lead in the 2nd inning. First baseman K.C. Hobson hit a solo homer that bounced on top of the outfield wall and subsequently was disputed by Quad Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez. As Rodriguez walked back to the dugout after arguing with the umpire who made the call, I could read his lips: “No way. No way.”
(Side note: It is strange to see four umpires working a Class A game. Normally there are only two umpires per game, but there is one at each base for the championship series.)
The disputed homer didn’t really matter, as it turned out. The River Bandits tied the score the next inning and later scored three more times. They also left the bases loaded in two innings. (First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez struck out twice with the bases loaded, once to end the inning and once with one out before catcher Cody Stanley struck out to end the inning.)
River Bandits SP Anthony Ferrara (13-7 with a 3.03 ERA during the regular season) looked sharp, retiring 12 Lugnuts in a row at one point. He gave up two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking none in six innings.
As they did in Game 1, the Lugnuts threatened to tie the score in the 9th inning but failed to do so.
Friday is an off-day as the series moves to the Quad Cities on Saturday.