A night that began ominously for the Quad Cities River Bandits ended in heartbreak on Friday night.|
Highly touted pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins struck out the first two Kane County batters he faced in the game and then had to be removed because of a torn lateral muscle in his shoulder.
After QC's 11-10 loss at Modern Woodmen Park in front of 6,232 fans, Jenkins Tweeted "Thanks for Tweets, texts and calls, everything is fine. I'll be back next year.''
It was that kind of night for the River Bandits (29-31 in the second half, 64-65 overall), who are chasing a Class A Midwest League playoff berth. The Cougars (30-30, 64-66) scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for the victory, the winning run scoring on a throwing error by Luis Mateo, who had entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and scored a run that helped the Bandits take a 10-7 lead.
That lead, though, didn't last long. Reliever Kyle Barraclough started the frame by striking out Tim Ferguson. But Chirs Elder followed with a double, Kenny Swab walked and Justin Trapp delivered an RBI double. Heath Wyatt then took over and things unraveled as first baseman David Medina had a throwing error and Wyatt (4-7) was called for a balk as the Cougars rallied for the victory.
In all, QC committed a whopping six errors in the game.
Kane County out-hit the Bandits 19-13.
QC now heads into a big four-game series at Clinton. The LumberKings have already secured a playoff spot and the Bandits are battling Burlington for a second-half playoff nod.
Because of a marketing deal struck between the River Bandits and American Furniture, the Bandits scoring 10 runs on Friday means furniture is 40 percent off at the Davenport retailer today. Anytime the Bandits score 10 runs the remainder of the season, the store will feature 40-percent off furniture the following day.
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