Mike Parisi did not allow a run in a Quad Cities season-best 7.1 innings of work and the Swing broke up a late tie with runs in the sixth and seventh inning as the Swing defeated the Kane County Cougars, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Elfstrom Stadium. Infielders Chris Patrick, making his first appearance of the year, and Jarrett Hoffpauir drove in the runs for the Swing, who have won two in a row for the first time of the year.
Parisi had the most dominant outing by a Swing pitcher this season, striking out ten men while allowing only one walk and five singles. Parisi had to work his way out of jams in the third, fourth and fifth innings, each time retiring the final two men of the inning with at least two baserunners. He twice retired third hitter Kevin Melillo with men in scoring position to keep the Cougars scoreless.
Parisi set Swing season highs with 7.1 innings of work and ten strikeouts. He has received only four runs of support in his three starts, but improves to 1-2 with the victory.
Mike Sillman, who pitched two innings on Tuesday night, picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Swing (4-8) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning. Jake Mullinax snapped Kane County's no-hit bid by opening the inning with an infield single to second, on a spinning grounder that sneaked under the glove of pitcher Derek Tharpe. Brandon Yarbrough bunted him to second and, with two outs, Patrick singled through the hole on the left side for a 1-0 Quad Cities lead.
Quad Cities added another run in the top of the seventh inning. Derry Hammond opened the inning with a single into center field and pinch runner Simon Williams moved to second on a groundout. After Williams moved up on a wild pitch, Jarrett Hoffpauir smoked a single past a drawn-in field for a 2-0 Swing advantage.
Derek Tharpe got the loss for Kane County (5-8), despite carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
UP NEXT: The Swing and Cougars continue the four-game series on Thursday afternoon, as Eric Haberer (1-1, 0.71) goes to the mound against Steve Sharpe (1-0, 3.60). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00, and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 5:45.
NEXT HOME GAME: The Swing begin a nine-game homestand on Saturday, April 23, with the first of four games against the Dayton Dragons. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
PROMOTION: Saturday will be Augustana College Day at John O'Donnell Stadium, a day for Augustana College to show appreciation for its students, faculty and alumni. In addition, it will be the third Swing into Reading Day of the season, with several hundred area children on-hand to celebrate their successful completion of the program. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.