Left-hander Brian Holmes and right-hander Jordan Jankowski fan a team-high 14 Loons (11-12) en route to a Bandits' (14-8) 6-1 victory to a crowd of 2,579 fans, who saw a free game at Modern Woodmen Park on Monday's matinee.
Holmes (2-2) struck out a career-high 10 Loons to pick up the win in a five-inning performance as the River Bandits' first starter. The Wake Forest alumnus allowed one run that was unearned on two hits, while issuing two walks. Jankowski collected his first save on the season, with four shutout innings as the second starter.
The Bandits executed for two runs in the home half of the third. Jordan Scott laid down a bunt single to get aboard, and advanced on a Teoscar Hernandez's single in the next at-bat. With one out Joe Sclafani grounded out to first to advance both runners, landing Quad Cities with their first base runner to reach third base. Austin 'Catfish' Elkins followed with a strikeout on a wild pitch that catcher Eric Smith fumbled to allow Elkins to reach first and Scott to score. Jesse Wierzbicki blooped a single to right-center to drive in Hernandez for the second run, while Elkins was caught at the plate on the throw from Jeremy Rathjen.
Terrell Joyce extended the Bandits' lead by lacing a single up the middle to drive in Miles Hamblin and Ryan Dineen. Both Quad Cities' runners started the frame with a pair of singles.
The Loons got on the board in the fifth inning. Jezmuel Valentin reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dineen, his first of the year, and scored on a double down the line in left by Eric Smith.
A line drive single up the middle from Sclafani drove in Scott for the Bandits fifth run in the seventh period. Jobduan Morales belted in the Bandits' sixth run with a RBI-double that split the gap in right-center to score Hamblin in the eighth.
Great Lakes' starter Lyndsey Caughel (0-2) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits, walked none, struck out three and took the loss.
Bandits' left-hander Joe Bircher (1-0) is scheduled to deliver tomorrow's first pitch against right-hander Angel Sanchez (1-2) and the Loons at 7:00 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park. Right-hander Vincent Velasquez (3-0) will be the second starter in the tandem pair.