Quad Cities centerfielder Daz Cameron drove in a career-high seven runs and finished a double shy of the cycle Friday as the River Bandits unleashed an offensive assault on the LumberKings, winning 19-2 at Clinton’s Ashford University Field.
Cameron was one of five River Bandits who had at least three hits in the game. Third baseman Randy Cesar and first baseman Taylor Jones also were among those five, and each drove in three runs.
The River Bandits scored all they needed to win in the top of the 2nd inning, plating three runs in that frame, but they exploded for 10 more runs in the top of the 3rd inning to make it a 13-0 game. (Interestingly, the LumberKings scored nine runs in the 3rd inning a day earlier, in their 10-5 win over the River Bandits in the series opener Thursday.) Quad Cities scored four more runs in the top of the 5th before Clinton managed to tally one of their own in the bottom of the 6th. The River Bandits scored their last two runs in the 8th, and the LumberKings added one more in the bottom of the 9th on a solo shot by catcher Nick Thurman.
This was the fifth time the River Bandits posted a double-digits score in their 22 games this season.
River Bandits starting pitcher Forrest Whitley — the No. 6 Houston Astros prospect, according to Baseball America — pitched three scoreless innings. He gave up three hits and no walks, and struck out seven.
You can see the game’s box score here.