Starting strong in the first inning was what the Quad Cities River Bandits needed to finish the Beloit Snappers 7-3 and sweep the three-game series. With the help of Ronnie Mitchell’s grand slam, the River Bandits poured in five runs and never relinquished their lead the whole night. It was Mitchell’s only hit, but it produced over half of the River Bandits’ runs.
With two outs in the 1st, Brett Phillips doubled to right field to keep the inning going. Chase McDonald hit home Phillips with a single to left, then Brian Holberton reached base with a hit – his first of two. Tyler White was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases for Mitchell to send it over right field for the slam. Mitchell has homered in the last four games. During that stretch, Mitchell’s batting average was .615 with 10 runs batted in.
White, along with Holberton and Jon Kemmer, had two hits for the game. White hit a double in the 3rd inning, which scored Holberton, who also reached on a doubled. Same thing happened in the 4th inning, when Kemmer and Chan Moon hit back to back doubles, which allowed Kemmer to score run number seven.
Starter Edison Frias (2-3, 8.49 ERA) went five innings, four of them scoreless, for the River Bandits. He ended with three runs, seven hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Chris Cotton came in for a little over two innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two Snappers. Tyler Brunnemann closed the game with no hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Both Cotton and Brunnemann did not allow a run.
The first game of this series on May 28, the River Bandits scored three in the 1st and 5th innings to help propelled them to a 9-5 win. Moon and Mitchell each had three hits, with Mitchell going a perfect three for three. Reliever Patrick Christensen (3-1, 2.21 ERA) entered in the 5th inning and held off the Snappers for two more innings to get the decision. Andrew Walter finished with two innings of one hit and one walk, while striking out two.
The second game, on May 29, was the closest. After starter Michael Feliz went five innings by not allowing a hit or run, workhorse Jandel Gustave (5-2, 3.70 ERA) kept the Snappers down by allowing only two hits, one run (unearned), one walk, while striking out four. Feliz was able to strikeout eight Snappers, while walking only one. River Bandits’ would coast to a win with Mitchell’s two-run homer in the 7th inning to win 2-1.
The River Bandits (28-26) hit the road for six games, three with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (25-29) and three with the Burlington Bees (26-27). The Timber Rattles lead the series this season, 2-1, so let’s hope the River Bandits’ five-game streak continues through the road trip. Go River Bandits!