DAVENPORT, IA - Three Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to a single run Sunday evening at Modern Woodmen Park. That was enough to edge Wisconsin 3-1. Anthony Garcia drove in a pair of runs for the Bandits offense to help Quad Cities stop Wisconsin's winning streak at five games.
Stephen Piscotty, the 2012 first round pick of the Cardinals out of Stanford, doubled and went to third on an error to start the Quad Cities second inning. An RBI grounder by Garcia drove in Piscotty. David Medina followed with a solo homer to right for a 2-0 lead.
Quad Cities (42-37 overall, 7-3 second half) had a chance to blow the game open at that point. Rattlers starting pitcher Chad Thompson walked the next three batters to load the bases with one out, But, Thompson got out of the jam with a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Wisconsin (49-30, 5-5) cut the two run deficit in half in the top of the fourth inning. Brandon Macias launched a long solo home run to left field. The homer was the second in as many games for Macias and made the score 2-1.
The River Bandits went back up by two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. A two-out single by Garcia made the score 3-1.
Wisconsin threatened a couple of times after the Bandits went up 3-1. Carlos George drew a leadoff walk in the sixth inning, but the Rattlers couldn't do anything with that. In the seventh, Nick Ramirez doubled and Cameron Garfield singled with one out, but the Rattlers stranded both runners.
Dail Villanueva, the starting pitcher for the Bandits, allowed a run on three hits over six innings. Travis Miller (2) and Ricky Martinez (1) worked the final two innings without allowing a run
In the top of the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger appeared to hit a leadoff home run, but the ball was ruled foul. Wisconsin would get a two out single from Ramirez, but that runner was left stranded, too.
The River Bandits extended their home winning streak to eight games with Sunday's win.
Game two of the series is Monday night at 7:00pm. Matt Miller (6-5, 4.07) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Quad Cities has Willy Paulino (2-5, 5.10) as their scheduled starter. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or TimberRattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
Brandon Macias (5th, none on in 5th inning off Dail Villanueva, 1 out)
David Medina (6th, none on in 2nd inning off Chad Thompson, 1 out)
WP: Dail Villanueva (5-4)
LP: Chad Thompson (3-2)
SAVE: Ricky Martinez (1)