Right fielder Marc Wik and third baseman J.D. Davis provided the Quad Cities River Bandits' offense with multiple hits, but the Beloit Snappers slid away in the home opener of a four game series, which will run through August 10. River Bandits came up short 1-4, despite Adrian Houser's (5-5, 4.52 ERA) six strikeouts.
Houser quickly went through the first three batters in the 1st, but manage to load the bases in the 2nd inning. He escaped the trouble by getting all three outs by strikeouts, running his total up to four. He hit the lead-off batter in the 3rd and surrendered a home run to fall behind 0-2. After that, Houser would only allow one more runner, as he put in five innings, giving up four hits, two runs, and one walk.
River Bandits rallied with one run in the bottom of the 3rd. Wik doubled to left-center, only to score when Chase McDonald smashed a 2-1 pitch off the wall behind center field for another double. That was McDonald's 52nd RBI, which is second on the team behind Brett Phillips, who has 58 for the season.
Kevin Comer didn't start very well when he entered in the 6th inning. He hit the lead batter and gave up a hit to put runners at 1st and 2nd base. The next Snapper batter would bunt to Comer, who tried to get the force out at 3rd base, only to throw it wide right which caused the ball to head out to left field, allowing two runs to score before left-fielder Ryan Bottger could throw it back in. Similar to Houser, Comer would then get the next 12 outs, with only allowing one runner to reach base. He ended the night with two hits, two runs, no walks, and five strikeouts.
Neither team could put another run across the plate after the 6th inning, which resulted in a River Bandit loss 1-4. River Bandits fall back to .500 with a 23-23 record, which is tied with the Peoria Chiefs. Three teams share first place in the Midwest League Western Division in front of the River Bandits and Chiefs with a 27-19 record - Cedar Rapids Kernels, Kane County Cougars, and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Beloit Snappers are 16-29, which makes them 10 1/2 games behind the leaders.
Now would be a good time to turn things around, as the Quad Cities River Bandits are 3-7 in their last ten games. A good weekend crowd should help them bounce back against the Snappers. Go River Bandits!