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.


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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