SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Quad Cities River Bandits won their series opener over the South Bend Cubs, 5-2, Wednesday night at Four Winds Field. Carson LaRue allowed one run in seven innings of work to lead the way and earn his ninth win of the year. The Bandits got three hits from both Carmen Benedetti and Ronnie Dawson in the win while Chuckie Robinson and Daz Cameron each had a pair of knocks.
The Bandits (15-5, 52-36) got four straight singles plus a walk to start the third inning to open the scoring. Robinson's RBI hit and Cameron's bases-loaded walk drove in runs then Troy Sieber bounced into a fielder's choice that could have been a double play, but the throw to second was wide - the first of three South Bend (9-11, 48-41) errors in the game - allowing a third run to score.
That was plenty of offense for LaRue (9-3), who went seven full innings for the third time this year. He allowed one run, which didn't come until the seventh inning, on four hits without walking a batter and striking out three. Manuel Rondon (L, 9-3) exited after laboring through the third inning for South Bend. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. Lucas Williams allowed one run in two relief innings for Quad Cities to close out the game.
Quad Cities added two runs in the fifth inning when Wander Franco hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Cameron, but the ball was dropped allowing Franco to reach base. After a walk and ground out moved Franco to third, he'd score on a wild pitch to round out the Bandits offensive production for the night.
Quad Cities looks to win their fourth straight game and take the series a day early in their only meeting of 2017 with South Bend Thursday night. Ronel Blanco (3-2, 3.38) gets the start for Quad Cities against Tyson Miller (4-4, 4.66) for South Bend. First pitch is set for 7:05 ET/6:05 CT and you can join Jake Levy for the live radio call on 1170 AM K-BOB and TuneIn internet radio.
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