Bandits Drop Two of Three

The Quad Cities River Bandits and Fort Wayne TinCaps played through the raindrops for most of the afternoon on Monday, with the visiting TinCaps winning the rubber match of a three-game series, 7-4, on Memorial Day at Modern Woodmen Park.

Quad Cities (22-21) finished off their season-long homestand with a 4-6 record, dropping five of their last six games after taking three of four from first-place Kane County to open the stretch. Fort Wayne (29-15) bounced back from a loss on Saturday to win the next two games and take the series.

On Monday, four TinCaps pitchers combined to strike out 13 and limit Quad Cities to five hits. Starter Nick Schmidt got it started with six strikeouts while allowing two unearned runs on two hits over four innings. Erik Davis (2-0) earned the win out of the bullpen with five punch-outs over 3.1 frames, while closer Brad Brach (13) twirled the ninth to increase his league-leading saves total.

River Bandits starter Andres Rosales allowed the first two men to reach in the opening frame but prevented a run from scoring. In the second inning, after issuing consecutive walks with nobody out, he was not so fortunate. Blake Tekotte started the scoring with an RBI-single to right and Daniel Robertson added a run on a groundout as the TinCaps took a 2-0 lead.

Despite a stingy performance from Schmidt, Quad Cities rallied against the left-hander to tie the score in the bottom of the third. Thanks to an error and a hit batsman, runners were at second and third with two outs when Charlie Cutler tapped a dribbler to the right side of the infield. Second baseman Jeudy Valdez charged and tried to make a do-or-die bare-handed play, but could not come up with the ball. Both runners came around to score, evening the game at 2-2.

In the next half inning, Fort Wayne snatched the lead right back. With two outs and the bases empty Ali Solis drew a walk and advanced to third after a wild pitch and a passed ball. Tekotte followed with his second run-scoring single of the game to break the tie, and eventually came home on a knock by Drew Cumberland to put the TinCaps ahead, 4-2.

Fort Wayne added three more runs in the seventh to stretch their lead to 7-2 before Quad Cities plated two more in the eighth. Brett Lilley and Travis Mitchell each singled to open the frame and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. A second wild pitch allowed Lilley to cross the plate, while Osvaldo Morales added an RBI-groundout to pull the River Bandits to within 7-4.

Rosales (2-3) took the loss for Quad Cities, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks over 3.2 innings of work.

UP NEXT: After wrapping up a 10-game homestand, the River Bandits will hit the road for 10 games starting with a 5:35 p.m. CT first pitch on Tuesday against the West Michigan Whitecaps in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Quad Cities returns to Modern Woodmen Park on June 6 to kick off an eight-game homestand, the last of the first half.

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