Oswaldo Arcia

Oscar Taveras home run

April 9th, 2011: River Bandits Split, Taveras Goes On DL, Franklin Blows Another Save

The Snappers and River Bandits played a doubleheader on this date to make up the rainout from opening night, two nights earlier. They won the first game 8-1 and lost the second game 7-3.

In game one, Oswaldo Arcia had a triple and scored the only run for the Snappers. For the Bandits, Greg Garcia batted leadoff and went hitless in three at bats but did have a walk and a run. Nick Longmire had three hits in four at bats with two runs scored. Oscar Taveras had two hits in four at bats with a solo home run, two runs and two RBIs. Jordan Swagerty threw six shutout innings, had five dtrikeouts, no walks and allowed only four hits. In the Midwest League they only play seven inning games when they are playing a doubleheader, so Keith Butler only had to throw one inning to close out the game.

Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras

Game two was much closer than the score indicates. The score was 3-3 heading into the seventh and last inning. The Snappers then scored four runs off of Hector Corpas to win the game. The highlights for the River Bandits were Kyle Conley and Juan Castillo each having two hits, and Oscar Taveras was oen for two with two walks and an RBI.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Oscar Taveras left the game with a leg injury. He would not return for two months (on June 12). Here is a Quad City Times article about the two games, and it talks a lot about Taveras:

Taveras was helped off the field, and Rodriguez said that while the extent of the injury has not yet been determined, it appears he will be sidelined for an extended period of time.

“If it will be three weeks, 10 days, a month, I do not know, but it will be awhile and I do know he will be missed,” Rodriguez said. “It is a big loss. He was the best pure hitter I’ve have seen in awhile, and he brought our team some energy at the plate.”

The youngest player on the Quad-Cities roster, Taveras does not celebrate his 19th birthday until June 19.

The Bandits’ record was 2-6 after the doubleheader.

Here are a couple more pictures from the River Bandits’ games that day:

Oscar Taveras Trivia

Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras home run

Oscar Taveras greeted in the dugout after his home run

Jordan Swaggerty

Jordan Swagerty and Jonathan Rodriguez

Greg Garcia

Greg Garcia

Jordan Swaggerty

Jordan Swagerty

Yunier Castillo

Yunier Castillo

Michael Swinson slides into second

Michael Swinson Slides Into 2nd

Franklin Blows Another Save

As for the Cardinals, it was another tough loss. Ryan Franklin blew a save for the second straight night and the Cardinals lost to the Giants 3-2. Colby Rasmus had two hits in four at bats with a solo home run. Jaime Garcia threw six innings and only allowed one run, and had nine strikeouts and only one walk. Miguel Tejada had the game winning hit for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning, a two-run double.

Box Score: Cardinals @ Giants box score from April 9, 2011

Video: Tejada’s double gives Giants victory

Video: Bochy on Giants’ wild walk-off win

AP Article:

Giants rally past Cardinals 3-2 in last inning

Miguel Tejada hit a two-run double that glanced off the glove of center fielder Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied late for the second straight day to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday night a few hours after receiving their World Series rings.

The Giants celebrated as though they had just won the championship all over again, with ace Tim Lincecum among those who sprinted out of the dugout to hug the team’s new shortstop. Tejada skipped in jubilation after his 15th career game-winning hit.

It came against Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin (0-1), who blew his third save in four chances and second in two days. St. Louis lost 5-4 in 12 innings Friday.