Bandits win big in opener, but Loons rally for split

Posted Online: April 13, 2014, 7:57 pm
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Result: The Quad Cities River Bandits scored all but one of their runs in three innings as they blitzed Great Lakes 11-0 in the first game of Sunday's Midwest League doubleheader at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich. However, the Loons bounced back in an extra-inning nightcap, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to earn the split with a 5-4 victory that leaves both teams with 5-5 records.

How it happened: In the first game, the River Bandits opened with three second-inning runs courtesy of RBI singles by Brian Holberton and Tanner Mathis, with Mathis eventually scoring on an error to put QC up 3-0. The Bandits then broke out for four fifth-inning runs, with the key blow being Conrad Gregor's two-run double, then scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the second contest, QC went up 3-1 with a three-run third fueled by Brett Phillips' two-run triple, only to see Great Lakes score twice in the bottom of the third, then go up 4-3 in the fifth before tying the score on Gregor's sixth-inning RBI single. The Loons would get the winner in the ninth on Kyle Farmer's one-out RBI single.

On the mound: Bandit pitchers Andrew Thurman and Tyler Brunnemann teamed up to blank the Loons on six hits in the opener, with Thurman working five innings of four-hit, five-strikeout baseball to even his record at 1-1. In game two, 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief by Zach Morton kept the Bandits in the game after the Loons tied the score.

At the plate: Gregor and James Ramsay each drove in two runs in the first game, with Phillips, Gregor, Mathis and Jon Kemmer each posting two hits and QC's No. 9 hitter Chan Moon going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Phillips and Gregor also had two-hit outings in the second game, with Phillips driving in three runs.

Worth noting: Sunday's nightcap was the fourth one-run game the Bandits have been involved in to open the first half of the season; Quad Cities is 1-3 in those games. Additionally, the Bandits are 0-2 in extra-inning contests. The second-game loss snapped QC's three-game winning streak.

Up next: The Bandits return to the Davenport riverfront to begin a six-game homestand against the West Michigan Whitecaps tonight at 7 at Modern Woodmen Park. QC hosts West Michigan for three games before South Bend comes in for a three-game series.


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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