The Quad Cities River Bandits are on a roll again. Their 2-0 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday extended their winning streak to 10 games — the second time Quad Cities has had a winning streak reach double digits this year.
Thursday’s win also was QC’s 13th shutout, the most in the Midwest League this season and the most by a River Bandits team since the 2001 team posted 14 shutouts.
And if that isn’t enough evidence that the first-half Western Division champion River Bandits are still a force to be reckoned with in the second half, consider that their starting pitchers haven’t allowed a run in their last 41 innings.
The River Bandits currently are tied with the Peoria Chiefs for second place in the Western Division, three games behind the Kane County Cougars. The fourth-place Cedar Rapids Kernels won the first-half Western Division wild-card berth, and the bottom four teams in the division would have to go on an impressive run in the last month to qualify for the playoffs, so the Cougars and the Chiefs are likely to reach the postseason and are just battling over playoff seeding. The River Bandits could play a spoiler role, as they are scheduled to play the Cougars six times and the Chiefs three times before the end of the regular season.