Result: The Quad Cities River Bandits salvaged the finale of a three-game series at South Bend, 3-2 Friday at Coveleski Stadium.|
How it happened: After falling to late rallies in the two previous games, the Bandits (16-10) turned the tables on the Class A Midwest League's Eastern Division leaders. QC rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a run in each of the final three innings against South Bend (18-7). Jesse Wierzbicki scored two unearned runs on Silver Hawks errors. In the seventh, Wierzbicki reached base on a two-out error and later scored on Roberto Pena's RBI single. Wierzbicki doubled to lead off the ninth, moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a Miles Hamblin single. In between, Teoscar Hernandez belted his first home run, a two-out solo shot in the eighth.
On the mound: Brian Holmes (3-2) picked up the victory with three scoreless innings of relief. John Neely nailed down his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning. QC starter Jordan Jankowski allowed runs in the first two frames, one on a two-out solo homer by Brandon Drury in the first, before settling down to last five innings. In all, QC's hurlers combined to surrender seven hits vs. seven strikeouts.
At the plate: The Houston Astros' minor-league affiliate won despite being limited to five hits and striking out nine times. South Bend starter Brandon Sinnery actually had a no-hitter in the seventh before Wierzbicki reached on an error, and was chased around the bases by back-to-back singles from Hamblin (2 hits) and Pena.
Worth noting: QC remained three games behind in the Western Division's first-half pennant chase with Cedar Rapids (19-7) also winning Friday.
Up next: The Bandits open a three-game series tonight at West Michigan at 5:35 p.m.
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