With the rain causing tonights' game between Quad Cities River Bandits and Clinton LumberKings to be postponed to a double-header on April 28, the River Bandits can claim a series victory because they won the last two games after they lost the first one on Monday, April 21. After losing a close one on Monday, 6-7, the River Bandits poured it on with victories on Tuesday, 11-2, and yesterday, 7-1.
In the first contest, first baseman Conrad Gregor and right fielder Brett Phillips both had three hits for the River Bandits, which had the lead, 6-5, until the LumberKings scored two in the bottom of the 8th inning to take the first game. Center fielder James Ramsay hit a triple during the 7th inning when the River Bandits had four runners cross the plate. It was Ramsay's third triple for the year, which leads the Midwest League.
It was a big night in the second game for homegrown shortstop Thomas Lindauer, as he went three for four, scoring two runs and hitting in five runners with two home runs - one in the 3rd inning and another in the 4th inning to put the River Bandits up for good. Lindauer is from Moline, Illinois, which is one of the four Quad Cities. Tanner Mathis, Chase McDonald, and Alex Gonzalez each had two hits with McDonald hitting two runners in and Gonzalez hitting three runners in.
Although it is always good to have the offense hot, the River Bandits' pitching staff didn't need much run support. Starter Adrian Houser went four innings and gave up the only two runs that the LumberKings could manage. Patrick Christensen (1-1, 1.29 ERA) went one more inning for the decision, while Gonzalo Sanudo went three innings and Andrew Walter finished the last inning - all without giving up a run.
Eight of nine River Bandits batters hit safely in the third game. Second baseman Chan Moon lead the team with four hits, including a triple, and three runs batted in. Moon is 11th among the batting leaders for the Midwest League with a .321 average. Gregor had another 3-hit night along with catcher Jobduan Morales. The River Bandits socked the LumberKing's pitchers for 16 hits, including five doubles and two triples.
River Bandits' starter Chris Lee went four innings while giving up five hits, but only one run. Lee struck out two batters before handing it over to Andrew Thurman (2-1, 5.00 ERA) and Albert Minnis. Thurman went four innings while yielding only one hit and no runs and struck out five LumberKings. Minnis finished the game with a strikeout to extend the LumberKings' scoreless innings to eight.
The River Bandits remain on the road as they head to Peoria to take on the Chiefs for three games starting on April 25, then they will return home to face the LumberKings, again, for a five-game home stand starting on April 28. The River Bandits are 9-10, but the season is just beginning to heat up. Go River Bandits!