COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – The Quad Cities River Bandits made a first inning run hold up all night as they snapped a five-game losing streak Thursday night.
The 1-0 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ballpark marked the 15th shutout of the season for the Bandits pitching staff, tying them for the most in Minor League Baseball.
In the top of the first, the Bandits (11-8, 54-32) mustered a run despite the first two batters of the game being retired by West Michigan starting pitcher Robbie Welhaf.
Grae Kessinger started the two-out uprising, poking a single into left, before moving to second on a wild pitch and scoring when Cesar Salazar dumped an RBI single into shallow left field.
Welhaf ended up allowing just that one run in 6 innings on the hill, but took the tough-luck loss.
QC right-handers Brett Daniels and Devin Conn were dominant.
Daniels tossed 7 scoreless innings as the starter to pick up the win. He recorded a season-low two strikeouts, but had Whitecaps hitters off-balance all night as he limited them to five hits.
Conn entered the game in the eighth inning and struck out five of the six batters he faced in 2 perfect frames to collect his fourth save of the season.
Kessinger was the only Bandit with multiple hits, finishing the night 2-for-4. Andre Lipcius had two hits for the Whitecaps (8-12, 29-60), who left eight men on base in the loss.
The Bandits and Whitecaps meet for the final time in the regular season tonight at 6:05 p.m.