Originally Posted Online: May 01, 2013, 11:26 pm
Last Updated: May 02, 2013, 12:13 am

Bandits can't hold early lead

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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.