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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