DAVENPORT, Iowa- The Kane County Cougars used three home runs to beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 5-1 on Thursday night to take game one of a three game series at Modern Woodmen Park. Kane County (6-2) started the scoring with a Marcus Wilson leadoff homerun off Quad Cities' (3-5) starter Dustin Hunt. Manny Jefferson followed suit in the top of the second with a two run blast and Kyle Smith provided the dagger with a long solo shot inside the left field foul pole in the ninth.
Kane County starting pitcher Sam McWilliams stymied the River Bandits bats, striking out seven and allowing one hit over five innings of work. Williams (2-0) was lifted for Wei-Chieh Huang, who worked a scoreless sixth.
The River Bandits finally cracked the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Back-to-back hits by Jake Rogers and Taylor Jones and a walk to Randy Cesar loaded the bases with no one out, but Quad Cities settled for a lone run on a sac fly from Daz Cameron.
Jefferson Mejia allowed the only run out of the bullpen for Kane County. Tommy Eveld was nearly spotless in the eighth and ninth, striking out five and not allowing a run.
Carson LaRue was a bright spot for the River Bandits on the mound. LaRue pitched five innings, scattering one run, two hits and striking out six. Carmen Benedetti collected an infield single to extend his brief hitting streak to three games.
Quad Cities and Kane County meet in game two of the series Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Quad Cities sends LHP Brett Adcock (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the hill. Adcock will oppose RHP Cody Reed (0-0, 0.00). Tickets are available by calling 563-324-3000 or visiting riverbandits.com.
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