The Quad Cities River Bandits won their seventh straight game Tuesday afternoon, giving them a 20-6 record and making them the first team in affiliated baseball to win 20 games this year. (The St. Louis Cardinals won their 20th game later that day.)
In their 4-0 win over the Kane County Cougars, the River Bandits allowed only six hits. They walked none. Winning pitcher Daniel Mengden struck out four batters in six innings. Mengden and the Quad Cities pitching staff each extended their scoreless streaks to 15 innings.
Nick Tanielu led the River Bandits offense with three hits, including an RBI single. Mott Hyde, the reigning Midwest League offensive player of the week, also drove in a run.
In other Midwest League action Tuesday:
Gomber strikes out 7 in Chiefs win
Chiefs LHP Austin Gomber allowed only four hits and struck out seven in eight scoreless innings as Peoria beat the LumberKings 2-1 in Clinton.
Chiefs SS Oscar Mercado went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. He leads the Midwest League with 16 stolen bases. As a team, the Chiefs lead the league with 45 stolen bases.
Null improves to 3-0 in SB win
South Bend Cubs RHP Jeremy Null improved to 3-0 in his team’s 3-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons. He gave up only four hits and one walk — his first base on balls this season — while striking out three in eight scoreless innings.
Null is off to a great start. In five starts, he has a 0.59 ERA (two earned runs in 30.2 IP) and a 0.75 WHIP (one walk, 22 hits). The Chicago Cubs recently named him their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Bennie, Gossett lead Beloit to victory
Snappers LF Joe Bennie went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double and a sacrifice fly in Beloit’s 8-1 win over the Burlington Bees.
Snappers RHP Daniel Gossett earned his first win of the season by giving up only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven in 5.2 innings. Bees RHP Austin Robichaux took the loss after giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in three innings. He struck out six.
Gillaspie homers twice in BG win
Hot Rods 1B Casey Gillaspie homered twice and drove in four runs in Bowling Green’s 8-6 win over the Lake County Captains. He leads the Midwest League with six home runs.
Captains 2B Claudio Bautista also homered in the game.