River Bandits clinch second-half playoff berth

Quad Cities River Bandits RF Chas McCormick went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday’s game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

One night after being no-hit by the Beloit Snappers, the Quad Cities River Bandits bounced back Thursday with a 5-2 win over the same team, becoming the first Midwest League team to clinch a second-half playoff berth.

QC’s magic number to clinch the Western Division title in the second half is two. The River Bandits have an eight-game lead over the Peoria Chiefs, who would be the Western Division wild-card team for the second half if the season ended today. Trailing the Chiefs in the standings are the Snappers (-2.5 games), the Clinton LumberKings (-3 games), the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (-4 games) and the Burlington Bees (-6 games), with 11 days left in the season. (The Kane County Cougars and the Cedar Rapids Kernels won Western Division playoff berths in the first half.)

Chas McCormick, a 21st-round draft pick of the Houston Astros this year, starred offensively for the River Bandits in Thursday’s clincher. He went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI. The right-fielder also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner who attempted to advance from first to third on a single.

RHP Robert Corniel picked up the win in relief after allowing only two walks in three scoreless innings. He allowed no hits and struck out two batters.

This entry was posted in 2017 Playoffs, Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Bookmark the permalink.

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