Bandits rally for weird win


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Posted Online: May 05, 2013, 8:32 pm
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Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Result: To say the least, the Quad Cities River Bandits' 5-4 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps in Class A Midwest League action on Sunday at Fifth Third Ballpark was very interesting.

How it happened: The River Bandits (17-11) drew a season-high 12 walks and QC pitchers fanned 14 Whitecaps, but still had to rally with a run in the eighth inning to win their longest nine-inning game of the season (3:23). In scoring their go-ahead run from a 4-4 tie, the Bandits did not get a ball out of the infield. Designated hitter and No. 9 hitter Brian Blasik drew a leadoff walk against left-hander Logan Ehlers (0-1) and went to second base on a sacrifice by Teoscar Hernandez. Joe Sclafani then hit an infield single off Ehlers' glove, and Austin Elkins scored Blasik by pushing a bunt to the first-base side of the pitcher's mound.

On the mound:Right-hander Lance McCullers set a career high with nine strikeouts in five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk to the Whitecaps while QC built a 3-0 lead. He put himself in line for his first career victory, but that didn't happen. Michael Dimock gave up the lead in the seventh only to be credited with the victory to move to 4-0. Despite walks on eight pitches to the first two batters he faced in the ninth, John Neely recorded his fifth save.

At the plate: Hernandez, who had two hits and scored two runs, extended his now eight-game hitting streak. … Sclafani, batting in the No. 2 spot behind Hernandez, was also 2-for-4 as those two combined for the majority of QC's seven hits. Sclafani, Elkins, Ariel Ovando and Terrell Joyce all had RBIs for the Bandits.

Worth noting: Sunday's victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages.

Up next: Quad Cities will play the series and road-trip finale at West Michigan at 5:35 p.m. today, as left-hander Colton Cain (0-3) and right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-0) face right-hander Charles Gillies, who is making his season debut.

















 



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