If nothing else, the Quad-Cities River Bandits went down swinging Sunday evening.
Quad-Cities clubbed a season-high 14 hits, including a pair of home runs by Freddy Parejo, but it wasn’t enough to counter the 15 hits Wisconsin collected on its way to a 12-7 Midwest League victory at Modern Woodmen Park.
“Sometimes, you just have to tip your hat to the other team and tonight, Wisconsin went out and earned the win. They took it from us,” River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez said after watching the Timber Rattlers score 10 runs over the final four innings to overcome a 5-2 deficit.
Wisconsin took the lead for good in a four-run sixth inning, tying the game on a three-run double by Tyler Roberts and moving ahead to stay on a single by Reggie Keen.
A three-run homer by the Timber Rattlers’ Franklin Romero an inning later left Quad-Cities in a 9-5 hole.
“The three-run double was big,” Rodriguez said. “Things were looking good, we were holding a lead, and then (River Bandits starter Kevin Siegrist) left a change-up up, and they took advantage of it. One pitch can make a difference.”
Romero homered off reliever Andrew Moss an inning later, and Wisconsin tagged reliever Hector Corpas for three runs in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to 12-5.
Parejo closed the gap in the ninth with a towering two-run blast to left that followed a flight pattern similar to the solo shot he hit in the third to give Quad-Cities a 3-2 advantage.
“Whenever I get an opportunity to hit, I am going to try to make the most of it,” Parejo said. “In my last at-bat, I am still up there, looking to do something to help the team. I was looking for a fastball and I got it.”
Parejo has homered four times and driven eight runs in over his past 10 games, showing power Rodriguez said has come with better patience with each pitch.
“I have been trying to work on my swing and my body to make good contact,” Parejo said. “I am doing what I can to become more consistent.”
Parejo was one of three River Bandits to collect three hits Sunday, but the other two left the game.
Catcher Cody Stanley was struck by a couple of pitches in the ninth inning and exited, while Oscar Taveras was replaced at the start of the seventh. Rodriguez declined to comment on the reason for Taveras’ departure.
RUNNING SMART: The River Bandits’ Greg Garcia doubled and singled Sunday but was thrown out each time trying to take an extra base.
Timber Rattlers right fielder Franklin Romero and left fielder T.J. Mittelstaedt were credited with the outfield assists, and center fielder Reggie Keen added a third when he threw out Packy Elkins at third for the final out of the fifth inning.
River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez said Garcia ran through a sign when he was tagged out at third but was trying to make an aggressive play.
QUOTEBOOK: “There is being aggressive and then there is being aggressively smart. We were a little of both at different times. Guys have to know the score and situation. You want them to be both smart and aggressive.’’ — Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez
ROSTER MOVE: Quad-Cities made a roster move Sunday, reassigning outfielder Virgil Hill to extended spring training and adding outfielder Chris Edmondson to the roster from extended spring.
A 43rd-round pick of St. Louis in 2010 from Le Moyne (N.Y.), the left-handed hitting Edmondson split time between short-season Johnson City and Batavia last season where he combined to hit .294 with 17 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 42 RBIs in 57 games.
Hill was hitting .135 before being reassigned.
SWINSON SITS: In a move that activated Oscar Taveras on Saturday, the River Bandits have placed outfielder Michael Swinson on the seven-day disabled list.
The sprained ankle Swinson suffered during a play at third base in Friday’s game against Cedar Rapids is not as severe as it initially appeared, but he will be out for at least a week.
HONORING ROCKS: Rock Island’s state championship basketball team was presented an autographed River Bandits jersey, was recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field and participated in several on-field contests between innings Sunday during a day set aside to recognize the Rocks’ accomplishments.
ON DECK: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Quad-Cities River Bandits, 11 a.m., today. Probable pitchers: Wisconsin, Austin Ross (2-0, 1.08 ERA); Quad-Cities (0-1, 7.36).
The box score
Wisconsin ab r h bi Quad-Cities ab r h bi
Shaw 2b 5 0 1 0 Garcia ss 5 1 2 0
Mittelstaedt lf 5 1 1 0 Parejo cf/rf 5 3 3 3
Hawn 1b 5 1 4 0 Taveras rf 3 1 3 0
Walker dh 4 1 2 1 Longmire cf 2 0 0 0
Hopkins 3b 3 2 0 0 Rodriguez 3b 5 0 1 2
Romero rf 4 2 2 4 Elkins 2b 4 0 1 0
Roberts c 5 1 2 4 Conley lf 4 1 0 0
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George ss 5 0 0 1 Stanley c 4 1 3 0
Keen cf 5 1 3 2 JCastillo c 0 0 0 0
Edmondson dh 3 0 0 1
Ruiz 1b 4 0 1 0
Totals 41 12 15 12 Totals 39 7 14 6
Wisconsin 101 004 303 — 12
Quad-Cities 201 200 002 — 7
E – George 3, Romero; Stanley 2. DP – Wisconsin 1. LOB – Wisconsin 6; Quad-Cities 7. 2B – Roberts; Rodriguez, Garcia, Stanley. HR – Keen (2), Romero (1); Parejo 2 (4). SB – Walker (2), Keen (9). SF – Edmondson.
Wisconsin IP H R ER BB SO
Britt 3.0 7 5 4 1 3
Bashara (W, 1-1) 6.0 7 2 2 0 4
Siegrist (L, 3-1) 5.2 8 6 5 1 3
Moss 1.1 3 3 3 0 2
Corpas 2.0 4 3 3 1 2
Britt pitched to two batters in the fourth. WP – Corpas. Balk – Bashara. U – Pat Hoberg, Gavin Hanson. T – 3:02. A – 3,026