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Quad Cities Rallies to Split Twin Bill in Burlington05/05/2012 12:24 AM ET
By Marco LaNave
The River Bandits were shut out in 13 of the first 14 innings of their doubleheader with the Burlington Bees Friday night, but a six-run fifth inning in Game 2 was enough to help Quad Cities come from behind for a 6-5 victory to earn a split after losing the opener, 3-2, on a 10th-inning walkoff double at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa.
With the split, the River Bandits (15-13) took two of three games against Burlington (13-14) and won their first series in five tries.
Quad Cities trailed 3-0 before their fourth inning at-bat in the second of two scheduled seven-inning games. Second baseman Luis Mateo reached on a bunt single. Catcher Jesus Montero struck out swinging before third baseman Garrett Wittels hit an RBI double to center field that scored the first run. After shortstop Matt Williams lined to first base for the second out, center fielder Nick Martini kept the inning alive with a walk. Colin Walsh then reached on a fielding error by Bees second baseman Chih-Fang Pan that loaded the bases. In a 3-1 game, designated hitter Roberto De La Cruz brought Quad Cities within one run on an infield single to Pan.
With a 3-2 lead, Bees right-handed starter Drew Granier (4-1) was replaced by left-hander Chas Mye. Quad Cities inserted Anthony Garcia as a right-handed pinch-hitter, and he hit a two-run, go-ahead single to center field. Right fielder Virgil Hill then singled to left field, and the relay throw got away from catcher John Nester, allowing two more runs to score and Hill to reach third. The River Bandits' five two-out runs gave them a 6-3 lead before Mateo, the 10th batter of the inning, flied out to center field for the third out.
Burlington scored a run in the fifth against right-handed starter Sam Gaviglio, before right-hander Robert Stock (2-0) came on to get an inning-ending double play to hold the 6-4 advantage. Stock walked the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning, but right-hander Heath Wyatt got a sacrifice fly and a groundout to preserve a 6-5 lead. Wyatt allowed a leadoff single in the seventh but got a game-ending double play for his fourth save and second in as many nights.
In Game 1, Bees center fielder Aaron Shipman hit a 10th-inning, two-out, walk-off double past the dive of Hill in center field to score shortstop Sean Jamieson, who hit a one-out single and reached second base on a balk by right-hander Brandon Creath (2-1). Creath started the bottom of the 10th after right-hander Willy Paulino pitched three shutout frames in relief of left-hander Kyle Hald, who allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits while striking out six batters in six innings for his second straight solid start with no decision.
Quad Cities scored its only two runs of the contest in the fourth inning. In a 1-0 game, third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla hit his second home run of the season to tie it. Two batters later, catcher Juan Castillo hit his third home run of the season to give the River Bandits a brief 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hald made a throwing error on a leadoff bunt single by right fielder Dusty Robinson that allowed Robinson to reach third base. With one out, Hald threw a wild pitch that allowed Robinson to score the tying run.
The River Bandits had two hits and didn't advance a runner past first base the rest of the game, while the Bees had their best scoring chance with runners at first and second in the eighth before a groundout and two flyouts ended the threat. Burlington then scored in the 10th inning to hand Quad Cities its fifth one-run loss and first extra-inning defeat of the season.
Saturday night at 7 p.m. the River Bandits resume the inaugural Rivertown Showdown against the Peoria Chiefs with a four-game series. Left-hander Dail Villanueva (2-1) will face Chiefs left-hander Gerardo Concepcion (0-2) in the opener.
UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home Saturday, May 5, for a matchup with the Peoria Chiefs as part of the Rivertown Showdown and Championship Weekend. Promotions include a Championship Rally Towel Giveaway presented by Peoria Charter, as well as a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Cardinals' World Series trophy will also be on display. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at (563) 3-BANDIT 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: After four years of ballpark improvements, the River Bandits and the City of Davenport last summer unveiled some of the most impressive enhancements to Modern Woodmen Park yet. A brand new, state of the art, high definition 20' x 35' video board went live on June 7, and the newly enclosed glass Sky Deck on the suite level of Modern Woodmen Park was completed last August. Those improvements, in addition to new flood protection, a new front plaza, and a new parking lot directly across the street from the ballpark, are quickly making Modern Woodmen Park one of the premier facilities in all of Minor League Baseball. More improvements are scheduled for this coming season!