Six homers and a nine-run inning were part of the Quad Cities offensive onslaught as the River Bandits trounced the visiting Lansing Lugnuts 20-3 at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday.
The River Bandits were led by a pair of players who each homered twice. Leadoff hitter Ronnie Dawson went 3-for-4 with a triple, a two-run homer, and a three-run homer. Cleanup hitter Josh Rojas went 4-for-5 with two two-run homers, a double, an RBI single, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
Daz Cameron went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, and three RBI. Troy Sieber went 2-for-4 with a home run, two walks, and four RBI.
Quad Cities had an 18-0 lead before Lansing scored its first run in the top of the 6th inning. The River Bandits scored four runs in the 1st inning, nine runs in the 2nd, two runs in the 3rd, three runs in the 5th, and two runs in the 8th.
River Bandits starter Carson LaRue got the easy win, improving to 10-3 with a 2.68 ERA after limiting the Lugnuts to two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings. He struck out two batters.
The first-place River Bandits are 18-8 in the second half, with a three-game lead over the Peoria Chiefs in the Western Division standings. The Lugnuts and the Dayton Dragons are tied for last place in the Eastern Division, as both teams have 9-17 records in the second half.
Siri extends streak to 25 games
Dragons outfielder Jose Siri collected two hits Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. It is the longest hitting streak in the Midwest League since Gavin Wright hit safely in 29 straight games for the 2000 Michigan Battle Cats.
The Midwest League record for longest hitting streak was set by Tony Toups, who got a hit in 35 consecutive games for the 1977 Waterloo Indians. The second longest MWL hitting streak was achieved by Robert Fick, who hit safely in 32 consecutive games for the 1997 West Michigan Whitecaps. Fick went on to play in parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues; neither Toups nor Wright advanced beyond Double-A.