Quad Cities River Bandits 3B Tyler Rahmatulla tied a Midwest League record today by collecting six hits in a game. He is the second player to do so this season after Lansing Lugnuts OF Kevin Pillar also went 6-for-6 in a game last month.
Rahmatulla hit two home runs, two doubles and two singles in his six at-bats, and he drove in 7 runs. The Burlington Bees won the game 16-15 in 11 innings; Rahmatulla was due up first in the top of the 12th.
Before Pillar and Rahmatulla had 6-hit games this year, the last Midwest League player to do so was Peoria Chiefs 3B Travis Hanson on April 12, 2003. Hanson never made it to the majors; he hit .277 with 9 HR and 78 RBI in the Midwest League and played in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2006-07.
On the Burlington side of the game, the best line belonged to RF Eliezer Mesa, who went 4-for-6 with a triple and 4 RBI. Besides Mesa and Rahmatulla, three other players in the game each collected three hits: River Bandits RF Anthony Garcia, Bees 3B B.A. Vollmuth and Bees LF Bobby Crocker.
Eleven pitchers were used in the game. River Bandits RHP Ethan Cole was the only one who didn’t give up a run. (Cole gave up 2 hits and a walk in 3 IP.)
You can see the game’s box score here.
Kelly gets no-decision in MLB debut
Former Quad Cities River Bandits RHP Joe Kelly made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals today, holding the Cleveland Indians to one run on seven hits in five innings.
Kelly pitched for the 2010 Quad Cities River Bandits, going 6-8 with a 4.62 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 103. 1 IP. He started 18 of the 26 games he pitched that season.