The Quad Cities River Bandits scored 18 runs and came within two outs of no-hitting the Clinton LumberKings as the team collected its 15th shutout of the season Monday.
Dean Deetz pitched the first seven innings for the River Bandits, striking out nine and walking two without allowing a hit. Steve Naemark pitched the last two innings, keeping the no-hitter intact until Gianfranco Wawoe broke it up with a one-out single in the 9th.
Every Quad Cities batter collected at least one hit, and seven of them drove in at least one run. Trent Woodward went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and 4 RBI. Ramon Laureano went 3-for-4 with two triples, two walks and 3 RBI. Both Nick Tanielu and Jason Martin also drove in three runs.
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QC’s 15 shutouts this season are the most for the franchise since the Quad City Cubs pitched 17 in 1980. Interestingly, only one pitcher from that team — right-hander Ray Soff — went on to play in the major leagues (with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986 and 1987).
Monday’s win gives the River Bandits an overall record of 80-44 this season (40-21 at home, 40-23 on the road). The team won the first-half Western Division title with a 45-23 record.
Earlier Monday, River Bandits skipper Josh Bonifay was named the Midwest League manager of the year. He is the third Quad Cities manager to win the award. The others were George Enright of the 1982 Quad City Cubs and Don Long of the 1990 Quad City Angels.