BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 12, 2017 | Quad Cities River Bandits 5, South Bend Cubs 2 | Midwest League (A)
SOUND BEND, Ind. – Carson LaRue threw a seven-inning gem as the Quad Cities River Bandits stifled a 5-game South Bend Cubs winnings streak 5-2 on Wednesday at Four Winds Field in South Bend, IN.
LaRue was impressive his entire outing as he retired the side in order in four of his seven innings on the bump. After giving up leadoff doubles in the second and sixth innings, he recorded three straight outs, with only Chris Pieters moving to third on a steal in the second. The only run LaRue allowed came in his final inning as Isaac Paredes drove in Austin Upshaw with a one-out double. At the time the River Bandits already had a 5-0 lead in tote.
Win the win, LaRue moves to 9-3 on the season with a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts. The start comes after a six game stretch (four starts) where he allowed 18 runs, 16 earned in 28.1 innings with a 2-2 record. LaRue started the season 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances.
Opposing LaRue, Manuel Rondon was chased after a rough third inning. Osvaldo Duarte, Carmen Benedetti, Chuckie Robinson, and Ronnie Dawson started off the third with four-straight singles. Daz Cameron followed it with a walk to score Benedetti and Robinson came in for the third run of the inning on a Troy Sieber fielder’s choice that was dropped by Cubs’ shortstop Isaac Paredes. The inning could have took a turn for the worse, but Rondon induced Jonathan Arauz into an infield fly and Marcos Almonte grounded out to third to end the inning with the bases loaded.
It was the third loss for Rondon, who is now 9-3 with a 4.84 ERA 18 games (17 starts).
Marc Huberman relieved Rondon and gave up a pair of unearned runs in the fifth. Cameron singled, stole second, and moved to third on an errant throw from catcher Alberto Mineo with one out. Wander Franco drove in Cameron with a sacrifice fly that was dropped by left fielder Roberto Caro and later scored on a wild pitch.
South Bend added their second and final run with a pair of back-to-back two out hits in the eighth. Caro started the rally with a double and came in on Vimael Machin’s single next at-bat.
Quad Cities now lead the Western Division of the Midwest League at 15-5 in the second half after missing the wild card spot by one game in the first half.
Quad Cities River Bandits (52-36) 003 020 000 – 5 12 1
South Bend Cubs (48-41) 000 000 110 – 2 6 3
Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU)
#14 Daz Cameron 2/4, R, RBI, 2B, SB, 2 K
#15 Ronnie Dawson 3/5, 2B
#17 Jonathan Arauz 0/3, BB
South Bend Cubs (CHC)
#9 D.J. Wilson 0/4, K
#29 Isaac Paredes 1/3, RBI, BB
#30 Chris Pieters 1/4, 2B, SB
13th Austin Upshaw 1/4, R
Four Winds Field kept up the Wrigley Field theme of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. Like Principal Park, the home of the Iowa Cubs (AAA), the scoreboard featured the same presentation style as the Wrigley Field scoreboard. Another Wrigley-like feature at Four Winds Field is the hitters’ eye in center field that has an ivy pattern to it, just like the famed ivy walls of Wrigley.
South Bend held the first of their two hat giveaways on Wednesday, giving away a simple South Bend Cubs hat. It was Silver Slugger’s day with seniors over 55 receiving discounts on their tickets. The final promo was the weekly World Champion Wednesday, where South Bend celebrates a part of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship. This week focused on the final out of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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