DAVENPORT, IA - A trio of Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitchers held the playoff-bound Quad Cities River Bandits to two hits in Saturday's 4-2 victory at Modern Woodmen Park. Both of the River Bandits hits came in the first inning.
Quad Cities (78-58 overall, 41-27 second half) took the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chas McCormick knocked in the first run of the game with a two-out double. Marcos Almonte followed with an RBI single. That would be it for the River Bandits offense.
The Rattlers (58-78, 32-36) responded to go in front on four straight hits with one out in the top of the second. Mitch Ghelfi started the rally with a single. Demi Orimoloye followed with a double to left to score Ghelfi. Then, Ryan Aguilar tied the game with a triple to right. Joantgel Segovia was next and he dropped in a single to right over the drawn-in infield to score Aguilar with the run to put Wisconsin ahead 3-2.
Timber Rattlers starting pitcher Carlos Herrera settled in after the RBI single by Almonte in the first inning. He retired thirteen of the final fourteen batters he faced in the game. The only runner to reach for the River Bandits against Herrera after the first inning was when Abraham Toro drew a two-out walk in the fourth. Herrera left after five innings and five strikes to be in line for the win.
The Wisconsin offense had opportunities to add to their lead in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Keston Hiura doubled with one out in the third, but was left stranded. Ghelfi and Orimoloye singled to start the fourth and were bunted up a base, but were left stranded. A walk and an error put Rattlers on first and second with one out, but reliever Yohan Ramirez got a 5-4-3 double play to end the frame on the first pitch he threw.
Jordan Desguin held the line for Herrera as he pitched two scoreless, hitless innings with two strikeouts. He did walk JJ Matijevic with two outs in the seventh, but Matijevic was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
Mario Feliciano and Orimoloye combined to get the Rattlers an insurance run in the eighth. Feliciano walked and stole second to start the inning. Orimoloye drove in Feliciano with a two-out double to right and the Rattlers were up 4-2. Orimoloye went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, a run scored, and his 37th stolen base of the season on Saturday night.
Miguel Sanchez took over for Desguin to start the bottom of the eighth inning and he retired all six batters he faced to close out the River Bandits and earn his second save of the season.
Keston Hiura, the #1 pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 draft, was activated from the Wisconsin disabled list before Saturday's game and started at second base. Hiura, who had not played in a game since August 15, went 1-for-3 with a double and left the game as planned after the top of the sixth. Hiura is scheduled to be the designated hitter for the Rattlers in game two of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Thomas Jankins (9-8, 3.62) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers on Sunday. Quad Cities has named Patrick Sandoval (4-3, 4.36) as their starter. Game time is 1:15pm. The radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Pregame Show at 12:55pm. The broadcast is also available on TuneIn Radio, IHeartRadio, and MiLB.tv.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.