I’m in the Quad Cities for a couple days, so I took in the LumberKings-River Bandits doubleheader at Modern Woodmen Park on Friday. The two teams split the double dip.
The first game was a pitchers duel won 1-0 by the LumberKings. Clinton’s pitching walked five but gave up only one hit. LumberKings SP Edwin Diaz struck out nine and walked three in five hitless innings.
In six innings, River Bandits SP Adrian Houser gave up one run on five hits, no walks, and two hit batters. He struck out eight.
One of the players hit by Houser, LumberKings LF Wilton Martinez, drove in the lone run of the first game. He did it via an RBI double in the top of the 6th inning.
The only River Bandits hit in the first game came off the bat of RF Ryan Bottger, who doubled with one out in the bottom of the 6th inning.
The previous batter, 2B Marc Wik, walked and was thrown out at the plate while trying to score on Bottger’s double.
There was more offense in the second game, which the River Bandits won 6-4. The LumberKings scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning, but their starting pitcher, LHP Eddie Campbell, gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks in five innings.
River Bandits 1B Chase McDonald went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Before the postgame fireworks show began, River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller told the crowd that the team drew an average of 3,885 fans per game this season, a new record for the franchise.
Wild-card race updates
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lost their game, and both the River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs split their respective doubleheaders. Wisconsin leads the Western Division wild-card race, two games ahead of both Peoria and Quad Cities with three games left to play.
In the Eastern Division, the Great Lakes Loons took over the wild-card lead by a half-game over the Dayton Dragons, the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Lansing Lugnuts. The Bowling Green Hot Rods are one game behind the Loons.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler