One win away from a Midwest League championship, it will be business as usual today for the Quad-Cities River Bandits.
“Nothing changes, from one day to the next, the approach is the same,’’ River Bandits outfielder J.J. Matijevic said. “It’s been that way since before I got here and that philosophy seems to have been pretty good to us.’’
That approach allowed Quad-Cities to win series-deciding third games in each of the first two rounds of this year’s playoffs and helped the River Bandits grab two road wins to begin the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series, which resumes tonight at Modern Woodmen Park.
Quad-Cities will play the rest of the 2017 season on its home field beginning with today’s 6:30 p.m. game against Fort Wayne.
If necessary, the fourth and fifth games of the series will be played in Davenport at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday and 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good place,’’ River Bandits pitcher Patrick Sandoval said. “The guys in our clubhouse are ready to go. Everybody is hyped up about it and ready. We’re playing a tough team in Fort Wayne, but the plan is to keep doing our thing.’’
Quad-Cities has opened its 2-0 lead in the series with solid fundamentals.
Backed by a defense that has been error-free, River Bandits pitchers have allowed seven hits in each of the first two games, but have combined to strike out 21 batters and while walking six and allowing three runs.
Fort Wayne has stranded eight runners in scoring position while going a combined 0-for-11 at the plate in those situations.
At the plate, Quad-Cities has scored seven of its 11 runs so far in the series on two-out hits and River Bandits batters delivered seven two-out hits.
“We’re doing the things we’ve done to win games all season,’’ manager Russ Steinhorn said. “The formula hasn’t changed.’’
Steinhorn gave his team Friday off following a late-night return to the Quad-Cities.
Today, it’s back to work.
“Any situation we’ve faced this year, whether we’ve been backs against the wall in an elimination situation or now in a championship series, we just continue to play hard, compete and leave it all out on the field,’’ Steinhorn said.
“We don’t talk about it being a high-leverage game or anything like that. We treat is as we would any other.’’