Jacob Nottingham led the way with a three-run homer and a two-run triple in the Quad Cities River Bandits’ 6-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday. The victory was QC’s 11th in a row, the longest winning streak for the franchise since the then-named Quad-City Cubs won 13 consecutive games in 1979.
The win also improves QC’s record to 24-6, the best in affiliated baseball.
Six of the River Bandits’ wins during the streak came at the expense of the Timber Rattlers, who have a Midwest League-worst 8-22 record after dropping nine games in a row.
QC’s last loss was on April 28, when the Cedar Rapids Kernels beat them 1-0 in 11 innings. At 19-11, the Kernels have the second-best record in the Western Division, trailing the River Bandits by five games.
In Saturday’s game, Nottingham delivered both of his big hits with two outs. Bobby Boyd, Derek Fisher and Sean McMullen also had two hits for the River Bandits, and reigning Midwest League offensive player of the week Mott Hyde drove in the one Quad Cities run not knocked in by Nottingham.
David Denson and Gregory Munoz each had two hits for the Timber Rattlers. Wisconsin hit five doubles — two by Denson and one each by Munoz, Elvis Rubio and Mitch Meyer.
River Bandits SP Austin Chrismon got the win, improving to 4-1 after giving up one run on five hits and no walks in five innings. He struck out five batters and picked a runner off first base.
All Midwest League teams are off Sunday. The River Bandits will seek their 12th consecutive win Monday at home against the Beloit Snappers, while the Timber Rattlers will try to end their losing streak at home against the Clinton LumberKings.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler