CLINTON, Iowa -- A nine-run third inning put the Quad Cities River Bandits in a hole they'd never overcome in a 10-5 loss to the Clinton LumberKings on a frigid Thursday night at Ashford University Field. Taylor Jones and Carmen Benedetti each had two-run doubles to lead the offense for Quad Cities, who was held without a home run for just the second time in 12 games.
After Bandits (11-10) starter Cionel Perez retired the first seven batters he faced, the Cuban allowed seven runs on five hits in the third inning. Perez (0-1) went 2.2 innings and allowed seven runs - six earned - on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in his River Bandits and Astros organizational debut. Clinton (9-12) capped off the 14-batter inning with a mammoth two-run home run from Gareth Morgan off of reliever Salvador Montano .
LumberKings starter Ljay Newsome (4-1) did not allow a base runner until the fifth, going five innings and allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jones split the left-center gap for a two-run double in the fifth to get the Bandits on the board. Benedetti's double came in the seventh, slicing down the left field line to score two as part of a three-run inning. Ronald Dominguez pitched the last three innings to earn a save for Clinton, his second in three chances this season.
Brett Adcock pitched four innings of relief for the Bandits, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Ronnie Dawson had his 11-game hit streak snapped in an 0-for-4 night, robbed of a hit in the fist inning by a diving Nick Zamarelli at first base. Randy Cesar was the only Bandit with multiple hits in the game, knocking a pair of singles.
The Bandits look to even the series Friday, sending RHP Forrest Whitley (1-0, 0.00) to the mound against LHP Danny Garcia (1-1, 1.47) for Clinton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT and you can hear the action live, starting with the On-Deck Show powered by Hampton Inn and Suites Davenport, with Jake Levy at 6:15 on 1170 AM K-BOB, riverbandits.com and the TuneIn app.
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