Yordan Alvarez and Osvaldo Duarte seem to be a good fit for the new uniforms they are wearing for the first time this week.
The Quad-Cities newcomers combined to reach base five times Tuesday, helping the River Bandits roll to an 8-1 Midwest League win over Burlington in front of a crowd of 6,405 at Modern Woodmen Park.
Alvarez, a 19-year-old Cuba-born infielder obtained by Houston last August in a trade with the Dodgers, pounded his first home run for Quad-Cities and just missed a second with a run-scoring double in the route of the Bees.
Duarte, a shortstop who spent time with the River Bandits a year ago who was playing with the Astros’ high-A affiliate before his reassignment this week, walked twice and stole two bases. He also drove a run home with a sacrifice fly during a three-run second inning that led Quad-Cities to a 4-0 lead.
“Those guys are fitting right in,’’ said catcher Chuckie Robinson, whose first-inning triple scored Duarte and gave the River Bandits a 1-0 advantage which went unchallenged.
A collection of four Quad-Cities pitchers helped keep things that way.
Dustin Hunt, Kevin Hill, Lucas Williams and Salvador Montano combined on a six-hit effort, working to strand seven of the 12 runners the Bees left on base in scoring position.
“Dustin did just enough to keep them off the scoreboard for three and two thirds (innings) and the guys in the bullpen came in did their job,’’ Quad-Cities manager Russ Steinhorn said. “They worked themselves out of the situations they found themselves in.’’
Hunt left the bases loaded in the second after quickly recording two outs before hitting two batters with pitches and walking a third before ending the threat with the third of his four strikeouts.
Robinson, welcoming additional opportunities behind the plate following the promotion of Jake Rogers to high-A Buies Creek earlier this week, said all of the River Bandits pitchers who saw action Tuesday did a good job of keeping Burlington hitters off balance.
“We tried to be unpredictable,’’ he said. “We tried to throw something off speed in a fastball count, give them a change up or curve to never let them get comfortable. They did a good job of making that work.’’
Six of Quad-Cities’ 11 hits in the game went for extra bases, including a pair of run-scoring doubles by Carmen Benedetti who joined Robinson, Alvarez and Taylor Jones in collecting two hits.
“Benedetti and Jones came up with some big hits for us, too, and it was good to see some guys who have been here all season stepping up,’’ Steinhorn said. “That’s what we need. It’s going to take everybody.’’