SNAPPERS GIVE BANDITS ANOTHER TOUGH LOSS, 3-2 Print
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:33
Beloit scores winning runs in ninth inning for second straight day against Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa (MAY 19, 2013) – The Beloit Snappers scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning for a second straight game against the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of 2,961 at Modern Woodmen Park, as the visitors broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single by second baseman Christopher Bostick on the way to a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon.

In a game that included several tense moments in the late innings and the return of Moline High School graduate Dakota Bacus to pitch against Quad Cities, the River Bandits out-hit the Snappers, 10-8, but could not overcome four errors. Quad Cities (23-19) dropped a third straight game to Beloit (24-18) and fell one game behind the Snappers for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Beloit took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Bostick's RBI single to bring in catcher Nick Rickles for the only run against River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor, who scattered five hits and one walk while striking out two batters through the first four innings. Quad Cities gave Minor a no-decision by tying the score in the fifth inning, as catcher Jobduan Morales drew a one-out walk, advanced to third base on a double by second baseman Austin Elkins and scored on an infield grounder by center fielder Teoscar Hernandez. Snappers right-hander Austin House allowed five hits, an earned run and three walks, while striking out two and benefitting from four double plays.

Right-hander Lance McCullers (0-4) started the sixth inning for the River Bandits, while Bacus (4-1) did the same for the Snappers. Each allowed one hit while working two scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh innings, and each worked himself in and out of trouble in the eighth inning.

McCullers walked Bostick to lead off the eighth and then moved the runner to second on a wild pickoff throw. When McCullers failed to cleanly field a bunt by designated hitter Bruce Maxwell, the Snappers had runners at first and third base with no outs. But McCullers got third baseman Renato Nunez on a popup before consecutive strikeouts of first baseman Matt Olson and right fielder John Wooten.

Bacus allowed consecutive singles by River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa, who extended his 10-game hitting streak, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki. Bacus then retired left fielder Terrell Joyce on a flyout to left field, but a wild pitch moved Correa to third base. Correa tried to score on third baseman Rio Ruiz's high chopper to Olson at first base but the throw got Correa for the second out, and designated hitter Brian Blasik struck out swinging to end the inning.

In the Snappers' ninth inning, left fielder Ryan Mathews and center fielder Brett Vertigan drew back-to-back two-out walks against McCullers before Bostick's single, which right fielder Ariel Ovando misplayed, allowing Mathews and Vertigan to score. Trailing 3-1, Quad Cities rallied with a two-out walk by Elkins and consecutive singles by Hernandez and Correa to score one run. After Correa stole second base to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position, Bacus struck out Wierzbicki to seal Beloit's 3-2 victory.

The River Bandits will try to avoid being swept for the first time this season at 11 a.m. Monday, when a tandem of right-hander Mike Hauschild (2-0) and left-hander Colton Cain (1-4) faces Beloit right-hander Raul Alcantara (5-1).

UP NEXT: The final Book Buddies day at the ballpark is Monday, which is presented by 97X. 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 www.riverbandits.com. 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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