Quad Cities River Bandits even up their wins and losses at five a piece by taking two of three games in their road matchup against Great Lakes Loons, who are also 5-5. Friday's matchup belonged to the River Bandits 6-4, while Saturday's game was moved to Sunday because of rain. On Sunday, April 13, the River Bandits took the first game, 11-0, but let the second game slip away in extra innings, 4-5.
Six River Bandit batters had more than one hit, as the team combined for 16 hits versus only nine hits for the Loons. Shortstop Jack Mayfield led the team with three hits and two runs, including his first home run and a double. Chan Moon and James Ramsay each contributed by smashing in their first triple of the season - back to back in the 6th inning.
River Bandits' starter Adrian Houser and relief pitcher Gonzalo Sanudo (2-0, 0.00 ERA) combined for seven strong innings. Both gave up two runs and struck out three Loon batters. Houser gave up a run in the 3rd inning, but after seven innings, the River Bandits were ahead 6-1. Chris Cotton struggled for an inning, giving up three runs off five hits, but Andrew Walter was able to close the door, earning his second save of the season.
The River Bandits got less hits on the Sunday double-header opener, but almost doubled their run production. This time, second baseman Moon led the team with three hits and two runs. The River Bandits were 10 for 16 with runnings in scoring position (RISP) for an average of .625.
The pitching duel of Andrew Thurman (1-1, 8.38 ERA) and Tyler Brunnemann handcuffed the Loons to only six hits and no runs or walks for all seven innings. Thurman had five strikeouts, while Brunnermann had two. For all five of his innings, Thurman had better command of the mound compared to his two previous appearances this season, which he combined for 10 runs off 11 hits during 4 2/3 innings of work.
The last game on Sunday was tighter then the previous two games. This game had three lead changes and two ties and was scheduled to be a 7-inning game, but both teams needed two more innings to determine the winner. Brett Phillips and Conrad Gregor both had two hits, while Phillips batted in three runs and Gregor batted in one. The bases were loaded in the 3rd inning when Phillips hit his first triple of the season, bringing them all in, which was the River Bandits only lead of the game, 3-1.
River Bandits' bullpen pitcher Patrick Christensen (0-1, 3.00 ERA) started the 9th inning, but was unable to retire the side. With the first batter gone, he walked the second batter, and then gave up two singles in a row, which allowed the winning run to score.
Tonight, the River Bandits had a rare "snow-out," but will combine that with the game on Tuesday, April 15, for a double-header against the West Michigan Whitecaps. It will be Community Appreciation Night with free admissions for everyone presented by Q106.5 and WOC radio stations, and Pepsi. The River Bandits lead the Midwest League in team batting with an average of .292, and hope to keep their bats hot. Go, River Bandits!