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River Bandits jump to 3rd place with series win against Timber Rattlers

Michael Feliz is 5-2 for the River Bandits this season with an ERA of 3.12
Michael Feliz is 5-2 for the River Bandits this season with an ERA of 3.12Courtesy of Quad Cities River Bandits

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers did not make it easy, but now, the season series is in Quad Cities River Bandits' favor 7-6. The River Bandits lost 3-5 after blowing the lead in the final inning on Friday's matchup, but swept Sunday's doubleheader, 5-0 and 6-4.

Sunday's second game was a makeup on the Saturday's postponed game, due to rain. To start things off, Ronnie Mitchell singled home James Ramsay in the 1st inning, but the Timber Rattlers scored the next four runs to make the score 4-1 after 4 1/2 innings. At the bottom of the 5th inning, Ramsay was able to score again after hitting a triple to lead off the inning, and then was hit home when Marc Wik grounded out to the shortstop.

The score would remain 2-4 until the bottom of the final inning, when the River Bandits poured in four runs with a walk-off, grand slam home run by Brett Phillips, scoring Dayne Parker, Ramsay (again), and Wik. It was Phillips only hit of the game, but his sixth homer of the year came at the right time to seal the victory.

Jandel Gustave and Michael Feliz shared the duties on the mound for the River Bandits. Gustave pitched one out into the 4th inning, while Feliz (5-2, 3.12 ERA) finished the game. Both Gustave and Feliz come from the Dominican Republic and signed by the Houston Astros as non-drafted free agents in May 2010.

In the earlier game on Sunday, Chase McDonald led River Bandit hitters with two hits, including an RBI single in the 5th inning, scoring Jose Fernandez. Another powerful force for the win was Thomas Lindauer’s three-run homer in the 3rd inning. The pitching corps of Chris Lee (4-5, 3.91 ERA) and Chris Cotton limited the Timber Rattlers to no runs off five hits. Lee gave up all five hits in his six innings of work, while walking one and striking out one, but Cotton closed the door with his one inning shutout.

With the lead in Friday’s game, 2-0, Frederick Tiburcio was called upon to finished the game. Tiburcio only gave up one earned run in sixteen innings of relief, but he opened the floodgates by letting the first four of five batters on base with a single and four walks. Andrew Walter tried to salvage the game, but it was too late for the River Bandits in this one.

The River Bandits have Monday off, but remain at home to take on the division-leading Kane County Cougars, July 8-10. Both teams have won 4 games in this matchup this season, and River Bandit victories will help them delete the 2 1/2 game lead the Cougars have on the River Bandits. Go River Bandits!