After hitting the .500 mark with wins and loses on Monday with their 4-3 win, the Quad Cities River Bandits failed to stop the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from taking the series by losing 4-10 on Tuesday, and 1-5 on Wednesday night. Both the River Bandits and the Timber Rattlers sit with an 18-20 record, which puts them 7.5 games behind the Midwest League Western leaders Kane County Cougars.
River Bandits shortstop Jack Mayfield had a stellar night in the first game on Monday, hitting three times with an RBI. Conrad Gregor and Brian Holberton both had two hits, but it was Gregor who led this game with three runs batted in. The game winner came in the 7th inning when Chan Moon reached on a Timber Rattler fielding error and took 3rd base when Mayfield hit a line drive single to left field. Then, Gregor sent a pop fly on a 2-1 pitch to center field, allowing Moon to tag up and score.
River Bandits pitcher Jandel Gustave (2-2, 4.91 ERA) was able to retire the last 12 of 14 batters after he began the 6th inning. Gustave struck out 4 Timber Rattlers while walking none, and gave up a double in the 6th and a single in the 9th inning to seal the win for the River Bandits.
Tuesday, the River Bandits were able to score four runs again, but the Timber Rattlers came alive with 10 of their own. Everyone, except one batter, got a hit against the River Bandits' pitching, but the River Bandits had everyone hit, but the Timber Rattlers were 5-10 with runners in scoring position, while the River Bandits were only 1 for 10. Left fielder Tanner Mathis led the River Bandits with two hits, including his 2nd triple of the season. Tyler White hit his first home run of the season - a two-run shot, scoring Ronnie Mitchell to cap off a four-run 6th inning.
Wednesday's game saw much of the same for the River Bandits' stalled offense. The batters were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The only run scored was Brett Phillips, who started off the game with a double, then went to 3rd on Moon's sacrifice bunt, and scored the River Bandits' only run when Mayfield grounded out to the shortstop. Both teams had seven hits, but the Timber Rattlers were able to make the most of their hits, winning 5-1.
The River Bandits remain on the road with a four-game series in Geneva, Illinois, taking on the league leaders, Kane County Cougars. Despite the past two games, the River Bandits come into this series leading the Midwest League in team batting with a .282 average against the 2nd best pitching team in the league. Let's hope the River Bandits find their groove in order to gain ground against the leaders. Go River Bandits!