DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Quad Cities River Bandits used a three-run fourth inning to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 3-0, at Modern Woodmen Park in the 2017 season opener. Taylor Jones opened the scoring with a solo home run and River Bandits pitching combined for 15 strikeouts in the win..
A lead off home run from Jones started the scoring for the River Bandits (1-0) in the fourth. Quad Cities followed with an RBI single by Anibal Sierra and Jake Rogers added to the tally by scoring on a wild pitch.
River Bandits' starter Hector Perez blew away eight Timber Rattlers on strikeouts. The Dominican Republic native lasted 3.2 innings, allowing no runs on only one hit, but exited after back-to-back walks with two outs in the fourth. Abdiel Saldana (1-0) stranded the runners before working a scoreless fifth to get the win.
Wisconsin (0-1) received three strong innings from starter Zack Brown (0-1), who fanned six River Bandits the first time through the order but labored in the fourth, allowing the home run to Jones and two more hits and a walk resulting in a three spot for the River Bandits.
Ryan Hartman worked three scoreless innings of relief for Quad Cities, yielding three hits and struck out six. Derick Velazquez worked around an error in the ninth to preserve the shutout and earn his first save of the year.
Alex De Goti led the River Bandits with two hits. Jones, Sierra, Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson added base knocks for Quad Cities. Wisconsin dropped their fourth straight season opener. The teams meet tomorrow at Modern Woodmen Park for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. RHP Carson LaRue (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for Quad Cities against RHP Trey Supak (0-0, 0.00) for Wisconsin.Ticket are available by calling 563-324-3000 or visiting riverbandits.com.
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