Balanced attack earns Bandits second straight win

Alvarez, Benedetti and Robinson lead Bandits to 8-1 win

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By Connor Onion / Quad Cities River Bandits | May 16, 2017 3:58 PM ET

DAVENPORT, Iowa - In his second game as a River Bandit, Yordan Alvarez put his stamp on an 8-1 win for Quad Cities over the Burlington Bees on Tuesday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park. Alvarez went two-for-three with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Chuckie Robinson and Carmen Benedetti also drove in a pair of runs for the victorious Bandits.  

Robinson tripled in Osvaldo Duarte to begin the scoring in the River Bandits (18-18) first inning. Ronnie Dawson walked to start the second and was driven in on an Alvarez double making it 2-0 Bandits. Later in the inning, Stephen Wrenn bashed a line drive off the left leg of Bees' starter Joe Gatto (2-3), forcing him to exit. A Duarte sacrifice fly and a Rodrigo Ayarza RBI single plated two more runs, moving the Quad Cities lead to 4-0. The lead was widened to 5-0 in the fifth on a Carmen Benedetti run-scoring double. The Bees' (11-23) lone run crossed in the sixth when Mario Sanjur laced a double to right center. Quad Cities put the game out of reach thanks to Robinson and Benedetti's second RBIs and Alvarez's home run.

Bandits starter Dustin Hunt tossed 3.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit, three walks and two hit batters. Kevin Hill mopped up 2.1 innings out of the pen, surrendering one run, three hits and striking out five. Lucas Williams (1-1) received the win after hurling two scoreless innings. Gatto (2-3) took the loss for the Bees.

Quad Cities looks for the sweep Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park. RHP Forrest Whitley (1-2, 4.80) goes to the mound to oppose Burlington RHP Erik Manoah (0-1, 3.46). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Pregame coverage can be heard at 6:20 p.m. on riverbandits.com and 1170 AM KBOB with Jake Levy and Connor Onion.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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