A good old-fashioned slugfest broke out at Wisconsin’s Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday, with the River Bandits and the Timber Rattlers each hitting four homers in an 18-11 game won by Quad Cities.
Two players — QC’s Daz Cameron and Wisconsin’s Tucker Neuhaus — hit a pair of homers, and two grand slams were hit. Every starter but Timber Rattlers DH Mario Feliciano had a hit. Ten players had multi-hit games.
(Defense was generally sloppy for both teams, as each squad was hung with four errors. Each of those eight errors were committed by a different player. But let’s stay focused on offense for now, because that was the big story of the game…)
Cameron — QC’s leadoff hitter and the Houston Astros’ No. 14 prospect — went 3-for-6 with two homers (a grand slam and a solo shot) and a single.
Cameron’s grand slam was the second of the game. Spencer Johnson got the scoring started with a grand slam in the top of the 1st inning. He later added a single.
Stephen Wrenn also homered for the River Bandits. In addition to his two-run shot, he hit a leadoff triple and drew two walks.
Randy Cesar collected three hits and drove in a run for the River Bandits.
Had the Timber Rattlers won, Tucker Neuhaus would have been hailed as one of the game’s hitting heroes. He hit two doubles and two homers, driving in four runs. He hadn’t homered since Sept. 1, 2015, mostly because of time lost to injuries.
The River Bandits led 10-2 in the middle of the 5th inning, but the Timber Rattlers managed to tie the score by plating eight runs over their next three frames. Nathan Rodriguez had only one hit in the contest, but it was a big one: a two-run double that made it a 10-10 game.
The River Bandits stormed back with a seven-run top of the 8th inning, and then both teams posted one-spots in their next frames. That made the score 18-11, which ended up being the final.
If you’re interested, you can see the box score here.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler