Lansing Lugnuts at Quad City River Bandits

May 3rd, 2004

Chris Walker CF 5 1 2 0
Tony McQuade RF 4 0 1 0
Brian Dopirak 1B 4 0 1 1
Jake Fox C 4 0 0 0
Kevin Collins LF 2 0 1 0
Drew Larsen LF 3 1 1 0
Alan Rick DH 3 0 0 0
Alfredo Francisco 3B 4 0 0 0
Carlos Rojas SS 4 0 1 1
Denard Span CF 3 1 0 0
Sam Taylor SS 3 2 1 0
Matt Moses 3B 2 1 1 0
Brock Peterson 1B 2 2 1 2
Mark Zamojc DH 3 0 0 1
Alex Garcia 2B 4 0 1 2
Scott Whitrock RF 4 0 0 0
Josh Johnson C 4 0 0 0
Justin Arneson LF 3 0 0 0

Lansing 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Quad City 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 6 4 1

E-Francisco, Taylor, LOB LAN-9, QC-5, 2B-Collins, Walker, SB-Walker, Taylor, Peterson, CS-Garcia, McQuade

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Billy Petrick 4 2 6 5 6 5 L (2-2)
Reid Willett 2 1 0 0 0 0 ND
Juan Mateo 2 1 0 0 1 0 ND

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Scott Tyler 3.1 5 2 1 2 4 ND
Julio DePaula 4.2 1 0 0 2 3 W (3-2)
Eric Brandon 1 1 0 0 0 1 ND

HBP-Rick (Tyler), WP-Tyler, Petrick, BB-Span, Moses 2, Peterson, Zampojc, McQuade, Taylor, SO-Whitrock, Johnson
T-2:24, A-3,019
Tyler Funneman, Scott Jarrod

Lansing State Journal

The Lugnuts dropped the first game of a three game series against the Quad Cities River Bandits 6-2 on Monday.

Starter Billy Petrick (2-2) walked three and allowed four runs in the first inning.

Petrick walked two batters with the bases loaded, making the score 2-0, before forcing Alex Garcia to hit a grounder to third baseman Alfredo Francisco.

Francisco misplayed the ball, which rolled into left field, allowing two more runs to score to make it 4-0.

Petrick gave up only two hits in 4 1/3 inning to the Bandits (12-12). The Lugnuts outhit the Bandits 7-4, but managed only one hit against Quad Cities reliever Julio DePaula (3-2) who earned the win after 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Lugnuts Chris Walker scored in the third inning on a single by Brian Dopirak.

In the fourth inning, Carlos Rojas had a single up the middle that scored Alan Rick.

Quad City Times
by Jon Gremmels

Lansing pitcher Billy Petrick was almost unhittable Monday night. It didn't matter.

The Quad Cities River Bandits took advantage of Petrick's early control problems and scored four runs on just one hit in the first inning on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Lugnuts in fron of a Midwest League baseball crows of 3,019 at John O'Donnell Stadium.

"You've got to take advantage of their weakness that day," Quad City first baseman Brock Peterson said. "We took advantage of his walks."

Petrick rated as the 18th best prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization by Baseball America magazine, walked four of the first five batters he faced. Despite allowing just two hits over four plus innings, his six walks were his downfall.

"He was up in the strike zone and had a tough time making the adjustmen." Lansing manager Julio Garcia said.

It was atypical for Petrick who had walked just five batters in his first four outings this season and entered the game with a 1.50 ERA.

"He stuff was good, the only thing people didn't see was his control and command of the strike zone." Garcia said.

The Bandits also were patient enough to lay off what they saw from him early in the game.

"When a guy is struggling, you're going to make him throw a strike." Peterson said. "You swing at your pitch, not his."

Peterson's patience resulted in a walk on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded, that forced in the first run. It followed a leadoff walk to Denard Span, a single by J.R. Taylor on a 3-2 pitch and a walk to Matt Moses.

"His pitches were not missing by that much," Quad City manager Kevin Boles said. "We did a good job of working the counts."

Boles credited Span and Taylor for doing that and helping the rest of the lineup.

"The pitcher is giving up a lot of information if the first two guys see a lot of pitches." Boles said, "The more information you can gather from the first two or three guys, the more it can help."

After Peterson's walk gave the Bandits a 1-0 lead. Mark Zamojc followed with another walk that forced in the second run, then two more scored when third baseman Alfredo Francisco misplayed Alex Garcia's ground ball.

Despite throwing almost 50 pitches in the first inning. Petrick lasted into the fifth inning before back to back walks led to his exit. Both runners scored later.

"He kept us in there and gave us a chance," Julio Garcia said.

"He did a good job of finding the strike zone after the first inning." Peterson said. "He lasted a little longer than we thought he would".

Unfortunately for Petrick and the Lugnuts, the Bandits already had proven that, at least on this night, a walk was as good as a hit.

How They Scored

Bandits 1st
Denard Span walked. J.R. Taylor singled to centerfield, Span to third. Matt Moses walked, bases loaded. Brock Peterson walked, scoring Span, bases loaded. Mark Zamojc walked, scoring Taylor, bases loaded. Alex Garcia reached on third baseman Alfredo Francisco's fielding error, scoring Moses and Peterson, Zamojc to second. Whitrock struck out. Josh Johnson struck out. Justin Arneson lined out to short stop.

Lugnuts 3rd
Carlos Rojas popped out. Chris Walker reached on shortstop Taylor's throwing error. Walker stole second. Tony McQuade walked. Brian Dopirak singled to center, Walker scored, McQuade to second. Jake Fox ground into a short stop to second base fielder's choice, McQuad to third. Kevin Collins flied out to left.

Lugnuts 4th
Drew Larsen reach on a bunt single. Alan Rick was hit by a pitch. Francisco ground into double play, Larsen to third. Carlos Rojas singled to center, Larsen scored. Walker doubled to left center, Rojas to third. Julio DePaula replaced Scott Tyler as pitcher. McQuade flew out.

Bandits 5th
Taylor walked. Taylor stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Moses walked. Reid Willett replaced Billy Petrick as pitcher. Peterson grounded into a fielder's choice forceout at second, Taylor second. Zamojc popped out. Peterson stole second. Garcia singled to left, Peterson scored. Garcia was thrown out trying to score.