Five Bandits rode multi-hit games en route to a 13-hit effort to sweep the series on a 6-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars in front of 2,487 fans at Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday evening.
The River Bandits jumped ahead quickly, with four runs on four hits in the first. Teoscar Hernandez reached on a ground ball to third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who threw wild to first base. Carlos Correa laid down a bunt to advance Hernandez to second, but was also able to make first base without a play for a bunt single. Jesse Wierzbicki extended his on-base streak to 22 games on a single to left field that loaded up the bases. Two batters later Rio Ruiz knocked a 2-run single up the middle to score Hernandez and Correa. Austin 'Catfish' Elkins worked a walk on starter Felix Pena to put runners on the corners with one out for Ruben Sosa, who blooped a single into shallow center field to score both Wierzbicki and Ruiz.
Hernandez extended the lead to five runs on a solo home run to the left field berm with two outs in the fourth. The round-tripper moves Hernandez to a tie with Wierzbicki for the most home runs for the River Bandits with five on the season.
Quad Cities would get another run from Hernandez in the sixth, on a single to right field that scored Sosa. Sosa singled to leadoff the frame, and swiped his second bag of the game by stealing second base to get in scoring position. The 5-foot-7 utility player now has 11 stolen bases in his first 16 games with the Bandits.
Kane County got on the board in the eighth on a solo home run to the left field berm from Carlos Escobar off of left-hander Mitchell Lambson.
Right-hander Lance McCullers (4-4) took a no-hit bid into the top of the fifth inning, before giving up a 2-out single to Reggie Golden. The 19-year-old delivered five shutout innings, issued two walks and struck out seven to earn the win. Right-hander Daniel Minor tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts out the Bandits' bullpen. Lambson allowed one run on five hits in the final two innings.
Pena (2-2) allowed the first five Bandit runs, two earned, in three and two-thirds innings and suffered the loss.
Quad Cities will travel to Peoria for a four-game series with the Chiefs at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.