DAVENPORT — Beloit finished strong and started fast Wednesday night, and the weather was the only thing to slow the Snappers' sweep of a Midwest League doubleheader against the Quad Cities River Bandits.
The Snappers scored seven runs in the top of the seventh and final inning of the opener at Modern Woodmen Park to stun the River Bandits 8-6 before grabbing a 3-0 lead after two innings of the nightcap.
Beloit was leading 3-1 when the game was delayed 47 minutes at the end of the fourth inning because of lightning and an approaching thunderstorm, where things stood at press time for this newspaper.
After the resumption, the Western Division-leading River Bandits (32-17) were unable to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in 35 games, a stretch that dates to April 19 and the end of a three-game losing string for QC.
Forced on the road for the majority of this season by Mississippi River flooding, the Bandits conclude their first actual homestand of the season tonight at 6:35 p.m. against the Snappers (19-31).
Beloit scored seven runs in the top of the seventh and final inning of the opening game of the doubleheader to stun QC 8-6.
The loss marked the first time in 23 games this season the River Bandits had a lead after five innings and went on to lose and the first time in 26 games QC lost when leading after six innings.
All it took to break that string of success was the second-biggest inning of the season by a QC opponent.
The Snappers sent 12 batters to the plate in the deciding inning and by the time the River Bandits recorded the first out, Beloit had already taken a 7-6 lead.
Trouble for QC started when reliever Devin Conn surrendered a leadoff double to Max Schuemann and then walked JJ Schwarz and Skyler Weber to load the bases.
An error by Freudis Nova on a grounder by Joseph Pena between run-scoring singles by Logan Farrar and Ryan Gridley pulled Beloit within a 6-4 score.
That sent the River Bandits to the bullpen and Devin Foyle greeted reliever Humberto Castellanos with a two-run double that briefly tied the game.
John Jones pushed the Snappers ahead to stay, dropping a single into shallow left to put Beloit in front 7-6, all before the first out of the inning had been recorded.
Ruled safe as he slid into home, Foyle scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Schuemann to give Beloit its winning margin.
The Snappers’ biggest inning of the season came after QC had built a 6-1 lead, using a run-scoring groundout by Nova and a Cesar Salazar sacrifice fly an inning after Weber homered to open the Beloit half of the third.
A two-run double by Austin Dennis followed by run-scoring singles from Jeremy Pena and Salazar left the River Bandits with a five-run lead that didn’t last.
The collapse denied Jose Bravo a chance to record his first win of the season. The right hander scattered five hits over 5.1 innings, striking out six batters in a walk-free start.
QC starter Jayson Schroeder wasn’t as fortunate in the second game.
Making his first start at the full-season level, the Astros’ second-round selection in the 2018 draft exited with a 3-0 deficit two outs into the top of the second inning.
Foyle doubled a run home in the first inning before scoring on a bases-loaded walk in the second. Schroeder then hit Schuemann with a pitch, his second hit batter in an outing that included three walks, to bring home Beloit’s third run of the game QC cut into the deficit in the fourth when Trey Dawson scored on a passed ball after reaching on a two-out base hit.
Leading off: Austin Dennis continued to be effective in a leadoff role for Quad-Cities in Wednesday’s opener, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .421 has scored at least one run in each game.
Playing two: Wednesday’s doubleheader was the fourth of the season for the River Bandits and twin bills have not been kind to a team with the Midwest League’s best record.
QC entered the day having been swept once and split two other doubleheaders. Now 32-16 on the season, the River Bandits are 30-11 when taking the field just once in a day.
On deck: Beloit at QC, 6:30 p.m., today. Probable pitchers: Beloit, Chase Cohen (4-5, 7.54 ERA); QC, Matt Ruppenthal (2-0, 2.30)