Quad Cities keeps chance of winning series alive with 3-2 win in Game 2
DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 16, 2013) – Having lost Game 1 of a doubleheader and been held to three hits through 11 innings against Clinton LumberKings pitching, the Quad Cities River Bandits awoke for a three-run rally in the fifth inning of Game 2 to take a 3-2, seven-inning win and split of Tuesday’s action in front of 1,024 at Modern Woodmen Park.
LumberKings left-hander Scott DeCecco (0-1) allowed one hit and faced the minimum through 4 1/3 innings, but he issued a one-out walk to River Bandits designated hitter Rio Ruiz with one out in the fifth inning. Catcher Roberto Peña followed with a single, before right fielder Ariel Ovando grounded into a fielder’s choice for the second out. With runners at first and third base and two outs, second baseman Austin Elkins – the newest River Bandit – lined an RBI single to right field to cut the lead to 2-1. One batter later, third baseman Ryan Dineen drove a go-ahead, two-run double to the gap in right-center field, making it 3-2.
River Bandits right-hander Michael Dimock (1-0) made the lead stand, as he tossed three perfect innings out of the bullpen and struck out four batters, including all three in the seventh and final inning. Dimock started the top of the fifth inning in relief of right-hander Daniel Minor, who allowed two runs on six hits, including a third-inning solo home run by left fielder Dario Pizzano. Minor walked two batters and struck out four.
DeCecco worked all six innings for the LumberKings (5-8), as he allowed five hits and three earned runs, walked two batters and struck out five. Clinton out-hit the River Bandits for a second consecutive game.
The River Bandits (8-3) had seven total hits in the two games but got a 2-for-3 performance in Game 2 from first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki.
The River Bandits play the series finale against the LumberKings on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Quad Cities will use a tandem of left-hander Colton Cain (0-0) and right-hander Mike Hauschild (0-0).
Tuesday’s victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Wednesday, April 17. 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 Wednesday, April 17.
UP NEXT: The first Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96 will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. Two fans will have their bills selected from a drawing and paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. The River Bandits will hold a drawing to win Chicago Blackhawks tickets. It is also West Liberty Community Night. 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.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits will make one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is scheduled to open in early June, along with two new zip lines, a carousel, a Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft this June and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!