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Walk-off homer for Chase McDonald allows River Bandits to sweep

Starter Edison Frias (6-5, 5.59 ERA) had his best outing since the end of June
Starter Edison Frias (6-5, 5.59 ERA) had his best outing since the end of June
Photo by Peter Green

Not only did the Quad Cities River Bandits need an extra inning to win, but relied on the power of first baseman Chase McDonald to defeat Lake County Captains, 5-2. It was McDonald's fourth home run in seven games since coming to the River Bandits this season.

River Bandits struck first in the 2nd inning when Ronnie Mitchell led off with a walk, then stole 2nd base before Jose Fernandez tripled him home. Marc Wik was able to double home Fernandez to add to the River Bandits' lead, 2-0. Wik had two hits on the night.

River Bandits' ace Adrian Houser went six inning and only allowed one unearned run off three hits, while walking three and striking out six Captains. He didn't get the decision when the game got tied in the 9th inning with Andrew Walter (4-2, 3.40 ERA) on the mound, but after the tie, Walter would retire the next four out of six batters to pick up the win.

McDonald was 0 for 4 when he stepped up to the plate at the bottom of the 10th inning against Captains' pitcher Alexis Paredes (3-2, 6.08 ERA). J.D. Davis singled to left field to get his second hit of the night, and Mitchell reached on a fielding error which set the stage for McDonald's game winner.

On Saturday night, it was all River Bandits, beating the Captains, 6-0. James Ramsey had two hits and scored three times, one in the 1st inning, one in the 5th inning when McDonald hit a 2-run homer, and one in the 6th inning on Davis' sacrifice fly. Brett Phillips, Wik, and Thomas Lindauer also contributed in this game with hits.

Michael Feliz (6-2, 2.78 ERA) baffled the Captains' hitters for seven shut-out innings. Feliz gave up three hits and three walks, and fanned eight. Tyler Brunnemann took down the last six batters to end the game, including three of them strike outs.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the River Bandits and the Captains kept the game close. The River Bandits would score in the 4th and 5th inning, while the Captains almost came back by scoring a run in the 9th inning. Blaine Sims earned his first save by holding the Captains to only one run in four innings, allowing the River Bandits to win, 2-1. Starter Edison Frias (6-5, 5.59 ERA) had his best outing since the end of June when he went five and six innings against Peoria and won both of those games. He only gave up three hits on Sunday, with no runs, two walks, and three strikeouts in five innings.

Multi-hit players in Sunday's game for the River Bandits included Davis and Mitchell, with Davis scoring in the 5th on Mitchell's double. Both Davis and McDonald were on base three of their four at-bats - Davis with two hits and one walk and McDonald with two walks and one hit.

The series sweep for the River Bandits brought their record back to .500 at 15-15. Their next game will be at Dayton to take on the Dragons for three games starting July 23, then to Bowling Green for three games starting on July 28, before returning home to face Iowa neighbor Clinton LumberKings on July 29. Go River Bandits!