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Near sweep as River Bandits take 2 of 3 against Dragons

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Marc Wik did everything he possibly could to help the Quad Cities River Bandits sweep the Dayton Dragons, but the River Bandits dropped the last game of the three game series Friday night, 2-5. Wik went three for four in the game with a run and a double. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the River Bandits.

The only scoring spike the River Bandits managed was in the 6th inning when Wik doubled with one out, then moved to 3rd base on a Brett Booth single. Jake Rodriguez walked for the second time in the game to load the bases. With a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, the Dragons got the out at 2nd, but a wild throw to 1st base allowed Wik and Booth to score.

The River Bandits were already behind at this time, for they left open the door in the 5th inning for the Dragons to score five runs, all off Michael Feliz (6-3, 3.44 ERA), after he replaced starter Chris Cotton, who threw four shutout innings. Frederick Tiburcio came in to finished the 5th, then continue to stop the Dragons for three more innings with only one hit, but the damage was already done.

In game two, Wik led all hitters on Thursday, also, reaching base on two singles and scoring one. Booth scored first during the 3rd inning when he was the first of four batters that walked, including Dayne Parker and James Ramsay, and J.D. Davis, which allowed Booth to score, putting the River Bandits up 1-0.

In the next inning, Chase McDonald became the fifth River Bandit to walk. The next two batters flew out, but Wik singled to keep the inning alive. That would leave two for Parker to hit a 3-run homer - his first homer as a River Bandit. The River Bandits would lead 4-0 at that point, and would hold that lead with a win 4-2.

Starter Chris Lee (6-5, 3.74 ERA) would not allow a run in his five innings, and Andrew Thurman would survive the next four innings to solidify the win. Lee gave up three hits and a walk. Thurman gave up two runs off four hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Thurman, normally a starter, recorded his first save this season.

Wednesday night's game would see the River Bandits prevail 6-3 over the Dragons. Brett Phillips, Ronnie Mitchell, and McDonald would all have two hits, including all three hitting one double. The River Bandits' big innings were the 4th inning, in which, Phillips scored on a throwing error and McDonald scored on Jose Fernandez's single, and the 8th inning, in which, Ramsay, Phillips, Davis, and Mitchell all scored.

The River Bandits have won five of their last six games, leaving them five games behind the Western Division leader Kane County Cougars. River Bandits continue their road trip with a matchup in Bowling Green to take on the Hot Rods for three games, Saturday night, July 26. River Bandits return home to welcome the LumberKings of Clinton on July 29. Go River Bandits!

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