- Result: The Quad Cities River Bandits (20-22) were beaten for the fifth time in six games since last Sunday, falling 5-3 to a Saturday night comeback at neighboring rival Clinton (15-27).|
- How it happened: A 3-1 Bandits lead evaporated in the LumberKings' three-run seventh inning. With two outs, Clinton strung together six straight hits and forced QC starter Hector Hernandez (3-3) off the mound. Dillon Hazlett (RBI single) and Ketel Marte (2-run single) drove in the runs. The damage could have been more severe, too, if not for QC catcher Casey Rasmus tossing out Hazlett at third to end the big inning after Roberto Reyes' thrown home was late on Marte's hit.
- On the mound: Galesburg product Kyle Hunter notched his third save for Clinton, retiring all four batters he faced. Hernandez dominated before the fatal seventh, allowing only four hits and a run in his first six innings. Hernandez also balanced three strikeouts with no walks. Tim Griffin (3-0) earned the win in relief for Clinton, allowing only one hit in three innings of work.
- At the plate: Colin Walsh and Luis Mateo each went 2-for-3 for the Bandits. Mateo also scored twice, once on a wild pitch. Leadoff hitter Matt Williams had QC's only RBI on a sacrifice fly. An error scored the other run.
- Worth noting: QC was out-hit, 11-5. Jamal Austin was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored for Clinton. Ji-Man Choi (RBI double) and Jabari Blash (run scored) also had two hits for the LumberKings.
- Next up: The Bandits continue a three-game series at 2 p.m. today back in Clinton. QC returns home to Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday.
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