Seven runs is often enough to win a ballgame, or at least come close. But that certainly wasn’t the case when Quad Cities scored seven in Friday’s matinee contest at Burlington’s Community Field.
The Bees scored four times that many runs, beating the River Bandits 28-7 in the opening contest of a five-game series that includes doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Interestingly, seven of the nine players in Burlington’s starting lineup also played for the Bees when they were no-hit by the Beloit Snappers eight days earlier.
But one of the two players who weren’t in the April 12 lineup was one of the biggest hitters for Burlington on Friday. Brandon Marsh had two hits (a grand slam and a double), two walks, and drove in seven runs for the Bees. Jo Adell did even better, collecting four hits (including a grand slam and a double), eight RBI, and a stolen base. (MiLB.com writer Sam Dykstra talked to Adell after the game. You can read his story here.)
Other notable hitting performances for the Bees included Gleyvin Pineda going 5-for-5 with a walk and two RBI; and Spencer Griffin and David MacKinnon each going 4-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Harrison Wenson hit a solo homer and drove in two runs.
Quad Cities scored first, plating a run in the top of the 1st inning. Burlington responded with eight runs in the bottom half, and added two more in the 2nd inning. The River Bandits scored two runs in the top of the 4th before the Bees scored three in the bottom half, followed by 15 more Burlington runs in the next four innings. Quad Cities scored four runs in their final frame, three of which came on a home run by former Iowa Hawkeyes star Jake Adams.
You can see the game’s box score here.
From the record book
You may be wondering what the Midwest League record is for most runs scored by a team in a single game. The 1951 Danville Dans once scored 40 runs in a game — the first half of a doubleheader! That team had no future major-leaguers and finished the season with a 51-67 record and 32 games behind the first-place Paris Lakers.