Quad Cities (65-48) was first to score, but could not hold on after a five-run seventh inning featuring a grand slam from Dario Pizzano led Clinton (55-59) to a 7-5 victory in front of 2,239 fans at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night.
Quad Cities jumped aboard early on a single from Danry Vasquez that drove in Carlos Correa for the game's first run with two outs in the first. Correa doubled off the base of the left field wall to get in scoring position for Vasquez.
Correa tacked on another run for the Bandits in the third, lining a double into the left-center gap to score Tony Kemp from first. Kemp was issued a walk to reach base.
Right-hander Lance McCullers set down the first nine LumberKings before allowing a base hit to Ketel Marte to start the fourth.
Clinton found its way to the board an inning later in the fifth. Back-to-back singles from Tyler Marlette and D.J. Peterson led off the frame, and two batters later with one out Gaby Guerrero reached on an error on the shortstop Correa to load the bases. After getting Janelfry Zorilla to pop out to second, McCullers took a line drive off his body from Martin Peguero for an infield single to score Marlette and keep the bases loaded. McCullers would stay in the game and get Marte to groundout for the final out of the frame.
Taylor Ard evened up the score on a single to center scoring Jamodrick McGruder in the sixth. McGruder reached on an error to leadoff the inning.
Right-hander Gera Sanchez entered the game in the place of McCullers to start the seventh. After giving up two singles to start the frame, the former University of New Mexico Lobo got McGruder to fly out to left before allowing a bases loading single to Dario Pizzano. Marlette then worked a walk to bring in the go-ahead run, and then Pizzano belted a grand slam to cap off the five-run inning for the LumberKings.
Kemp picked up his first Midwest League RBI, driving in Teoscar Hernandez with two outs in the seventh to draw the score to 7-3. Hernandez doubled down the left field line as the batter ahead of Kemp.
Bobby Borchering and Roberto Pena got the Bandits to within two runs in the eighth. Danry Vasquez picked up his second hit on the evening with an infield hit to short, and scored from first on a line drive double down the left field line from Borchering. The Bandit first baseman, who also had a multi-hit game, advanced to third on Rio Ruiz's groundout and scored when Pena reached on a throwing error by the shortstop Peguero.
Correa and Kemp also had multi-hit games, both with 2-for-4 efforts, a RBI and run scored.
McCullers picked up a no decision, leaving with the game tied and after allowing two runs, none earned, on six hits and struck out seven in six innings. Sanchez (4-2) rebounded to toss a scoreless eighth suffered the loss. Right-hander Daniel Minor pitched a scoreless ninth.
Right-hander Victor Sanchez (4-5) allowed three runs on seven hits in six and two-thirds innings to earn the win. Right-hander Richard Vargas delivered a perfect ninth to collect his first save of the year.
Right-hander Vincent Velasquez (8-4) will take the mound for Quad Cities against Clinton right-hander Rigoberto Garcia (0-3) on Thursday at Modern Woodmen Park. Velasquez is scheduled to deliver the game's first pitch at 7:00 p.m.
UP NEXT: Thursday night is Tattoo Night at Modern Woodmen Park presented by Scorpion's Den. Fans can receive a free River Bandits tattoo during the game in the Sports Lounge. Fans can also enter to win a trip to Vegas, with the winner to be announced live during the game. It's also Legends of Rock Night, and fans can enjoy $2 drink specials thanks to Thirst-Day Thursday presented by The Quad Cities' CW, River Cities' Reader and Rock 104-9. 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 ownership is making 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 planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks - 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!
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