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Blackout causes River Bandits and Bees to suspend game

After six innings of baseball, the game was tied between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Burlington Bees, then boom! The stadium lights went out. After some time, the lights returned, but not bright enough to continue the game. The teams then decided to resume the game in Burlington at a later date.

Brett Booth showing patience as he becomes the first runner for the River Bandits after he walks in the 2nd inning.
Photo by Paul Green

This third game of the 3-game series was rough for first-time starter Kevin Comer. Before this game, Comer had nine innings of relief for the River Bandits and did not give up a run. After the first two batters, Comer's streak of scoreless innings was snapped. Comer finished five innings with eight hits, four runs, and three strikeouts and the score 2-4.

After being behind 0-4 after 2 1/2 innings, Ronnie Mitchell led off the inning with a solo home run between right and center field to put the River Bandits on the board. Brian Holberton added another run in the 4th when he doubled in right-center at the base of the fence. He would then score when Brett Phillips tripled a line drive to center field.

The last inning before the lights went out, the River Bandits tied the game with two more runs. Conrad Gregor started the inning with a walk, then headed to 2nd base on Brett Booth's grounder to 3rd base. Holberton added his second hit of the night with a line drive to left field, moving Gregor to 3rd base. Phillips collected his second RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Gregor.

Mitchell walked after the Bees made a pitching change, putting Holberton at 2nd base. Holberton would score the tying run on Thomas Lindauer's second hit of the night, but on the same play, Mitchell was throw out trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd to end the inning.

The River Bandit organization did a super job of handling a scary situation by keeping the crowd entertained, relaxed, and informed throughout the blackout. The game is scheduled to resume at the 7th inning when the River Bandits visit the Bees in one of the upcoming series on May 25-27 or June 4-6.

In the first game on May 19, the Bees handed the River Bandits an extra inning loss 5-4 with two runs in the 12th, while the River Bandits could only manage one run in the bottom. James Ramsay, Tyler White, and Jon Kemmer each had two hits.

In the second game on May 20, the River Bandits rebounded big with a 7-1 win. All but Mitchell collected at least a hit during this offensive explosion. For the third time in a row, starter Adrian Houser (3-1, 3.55 ERA) had an excellent outing by going six innings, giving up five hits and one run, while striking out four. Tyler Brunnemann collected his first save and went three innings and only gave up one hit and one walk, while striking out three Bees.

The River Bandits (21-23) continue their home stand by welcoming their Iowa neighbors to the west Cedar Rapids Kernels (22-24) for three games ending Saturday, May 24. Saturday also marks the first night when the ferris wheel will give rides to the public throughout the game. Should be another great time at Modern Woodmen Park. Go River Bandits!