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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:26

Quad Cities pitches second shutout in four games to snap four-game losing streak at Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 6, 2013) – Right-hander Mike Hauschild pitched a career-best seven shutout innings, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez, left fielder Dan Gulbransen and first baseman Jobduan Morales each had two hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits in a 5-0 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Saturday night.

Hauschild (6-1) did not allow a baserunner until a third-inning, one-out single by Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar and faced just two batters over the minimum while limiting Kane County to three hits and never allowing a runner to reach second base. He worked four separate 1-2-3 innings Saturday and has pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts.

Quad Cities (11-5 second half, 49-36 overall) scored in each of the second through fifth innings against Cougars right-hander Jose Rosario (0-5), who allowed all five runs on six hits and four walks with just one strikeout. The visitors took a second-inning lead after second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins worked a two-out walk, stole second base and scored on a double by Morales.

In the third inning, Hernandez hit a leadoff single, and right fielder Jordan Scott lined a double to left-center field. The throw to home plate was too late to get Hernandez and allowed Scott to move to third base, past which Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar threw the ball for an error, allowing Scott to score on the play for a 3-0 Quad Cities lead.

In the fourth inning, Elkins worked the second of his three walks with one out, and Rosario proceeded to walk Morales and second baseman Brian Blasik to load the bases. Hernandez then hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the run. In the next inning, Gulbransen, who earned his first Midwest League hit with a first-inning single, hit a leadoff triple to center field and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Rio Ruiz that made it 5-0.

Kane County had its three singles scattered against Hauschild in the third, fourth and fifth innings. None advanced into scoring position, but the Cougars drew two eighth-inning walks against right-hander Daniel Minor, who moved the runners to second and third bases with a wild pitch but struck out the side his first inning of work since June 23. Right-hander Chia-Jen Lo had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning and was the final pitcher in the River Bandits' second shutout win in the last four games and first road shutout of the season.

Saturday's victory snapped the River Bandits' four-game losing streak in Kane County and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, July 7. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Sunday, July 7.

Quad Cities will face Kane County in Game 4 of the five-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday, when River Bandits left-hander Colton Cain (3-5) faces Cougars right-hander Tayler Scott (4-3).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
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