Result: The South Bend Silver Hawks rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits, 4-3, to win their sixth straight Class A Midwest League contest.
How it happened: South Bend turned five hits into four runs in three innings to erase the early deficit and won despite being out-hit 12-8.
On the mound: Daniel Minor pitched five innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out five. Lance McCullers (0-3) gave up three hits, two runs (one earned) in three innings to suffer the loss.
At the plate: QC (15-9) built a lead with single runs in the first, second and fourth innings against Silver Hawks left-hander Daniel Watts (4-0). The Bandits turned two hits – Joe Sclafani single and Austin Elkins double – and Jesse Wierzbicki's sacrifice fly into a first-inning run. Doubles by Roberto Pena and Terrell Joyce led to a second-inning run. In the fourth, Pena and Joyce singled with Pena scoring on Teoscar Hernandez's two-out infield single. QC had another runner tagged out at the plate on the Hernandez single. Sclafani, Pena and Joyce each had two hits.
Worth noting: QC had runners on base in seven of its at-bats, but hit into one double play and had one runner out at the plate. The Bandits left six on base, going 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Up next: The River Bandits continue their series in South Bend at 6:05 p.m. today at Coveleski Stadium.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.